The Queen's Pub Of Dublin Suburb Of Dalkey To Reopen
According to The Irish Times, The Queen's pub of the Dublin suburb of Dalkey has been purchased for €3.5 million by hoteliers Ray Byrne and Eoin Doyle, and is set to reopen.
The Queen's Pub
Last summer, previous owners Tom Mulcahy and his wife, June, closed the doors of the pub for good, citing the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason for the permanent closure.
The Mulcahys paid an estimated €7 million for the premises in 2003, with the pub being originally established in 1745.
The Irish Times reports that Tom Mulcahy at the time commented that "The COVID cocooning gave us time for reflection. We realised that our time for retirement had arrived."
New owners Byrne and Doyle intend to reopen the location as a pub initially, aiming to open in time for outdoor dining, which is set to commence next week.
The partners are putting €500,000 towards the refurbishment of the location to refresh the decor inside.
Speaking to the Irish Times, Byrne said they will have "lots of outdoor dining," adding that the pub boasts "a lovely terrace at the front, and there is a large area at the back."
Byrne and Doyle operate a number of properties in the hospitality sector, and their ambition is to open a boutique hotel at the location of the pub.
The duo hopes to add 25 rooms to the back of the premises, adding that "Dalkey is missing something like a village hotel."
Byrne and Doyle will be looking to hire close to 30 full-time staffing, and have begun by contacting the previous staff of the pub.
The partners have found that "people are re-evaluating their future" in their hunt for staff, with many pre-pandemic hospitality workers deciding not to work in the industry anymore.
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