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The Halfway House Of Co. Down To Reopen Following Takeover By New Owners

By Dave Simpson

The Halfway House pub and restaurant of Co. Down will reopen following a takeover by new owners.

The venue, which is located between Banbridge and Dromore, has been taken over by businessmen Caorlan McAllister and Gavin Bates, who hope to reopen it in late September.

"Ready To Get It Open And Drive It Forward"

Speaking to The Belfast Telegraph, McAllister said, "We knew that [The Halfway House] had a good reputation for doing good food and, with it being a local venue, we knew that it had that drive and that passion behind it.

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"We felt that we could bring that forward and continue that. It was disappointing to hear that it had closed down, but it was inevitable because a lot of venues were going to close because of the pandemic.

"Now, as things start to ease, we are in a place where we are ready to get it open and drive it forward.

"It is going to be a challenge because of the uncertainties regarding if there's going to be another outbreak or any further restrictions. That obviously has played on our minds, but it is a risk we have to take. The opportunity [outweighs] the risk.

"If we adhere to the social distancing and allow people to feel safe in the venue, that will give people a peace of mind when they come."

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