The Virgin Mary bar – the Irish capital’s first non-alcoholic bar – of No. 54 Capel Street, on the north side of Dublin City, has announced the closure of its venue and a transition to mobile trading.
A statement posted on the official Virgin Mary Instagram account read, ‘Dear friends, our time at 54 Capel Street has come to a close.
‘But this marks an exciting new chapter for us…
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‘The Virgin Mary Bar is going mobile!!
‘As part of the wider @tvmcollective franchise operation, we are thrilled to be bringing our new “TVM On The Road” concept to events, festivals, pop-up venues and much more around the island of Ireland!
‘So get ready to see a lot more of us in the coming months.
‘We will keep you updated on all of our exciting plans right here.’
Interview With Co-Owners
The news of the closure of the Virgin Mary bar, which opened for business in 2019, comes several months after its co-owners, Nicola and Sarah Connolly, spoke to Hospitality Ireland about their first steps and next moves.
Speaking about the major challenges within the industry at the time of the interview, which was first published in the Winter 2022 issue of Hospitality Ireland magazine, they said, “Like everyone in the hospitality industry right now, we are rebuilding after the tumultuous effects of the global pandemic. We are facing challenges with staffing shortages, along with increases in operating costs due to the inflation of raw materials and energy, but we are confident in the continued and rapid expansion of the AF [alcohol-free] industry, with global consumption of the category now expected to grow by 31% by 2024 [IWSR].”
Read More: Virgin Mary Bar Co-Owners Nicola And Sarah Connolly Talk First Steps And Next Moves
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