A new jazz club is making its way to Dublin, according to The Sunday Times.
The newspaper reports that Paul Keaveny, a low-profile publican, is planning to add a number of new venues to his portfolio.
Three companies owned by Keaveny, who also owns Dakota of South William Street and the Odeon on Harcourt Street, have applied to renovate three properties on Drury Street.
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The Sunday Times understands that the property in question includes a car park on Drury Street, a bookshop called Tales for Tadpoles and a cookery school.
Documents filed with Dublin City Council have revealed plans to convert the bookstore and car park into a 113-capacity underground jazz club.
The documents also revealed plans for a shop at street level, which would sell vinyl and merchandise.
Keaveny said that significant investment is required to improve the ventilation in the basement.
Keaveny also has plans for a project called "Ice House", which would be located beside the jazz club.
Keaveny is making the move as he feels the bar industry is changing rapidly. He believes that a bar-only experience is "no longer sustainable".
Keaveny confirmed that plans to expand Dakota on South William Street will not go ahead. Instead, the firm has applied to expand the office space on the property's first floor.
A decision about the Drury Street application is due from the council over the coming months.
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