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Dublin Dockers pub to reopen

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As reported by The business post, after a hiatus on plans due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dublin’s Dockers pub will reopen, 15 years after it closed.

As well as being frequented by local dockers and sailors long before the term Silicon Docks appeared, the Dublin City pub can be found on the corner of Windmill Lane Studios, where U2 recorded their first three albums, and was a regular haunt for the group in the 1980s and 1990s.

Images online from 1992 show Bono, Edge and Adam Clayton sitting in a bar filled with pints of Guinness as Phil Collins talks to them via satellite after U2 won a Billboards “rock artist of the year” gong, and Paddy , the Dockers’ bartender, present the prize to Bono.

L’Estrange Group

Building owner Hibernia Reit leased the property to David L’Estrange, the Dublin pub operator who also runs the Bleeding Horse, Camden Exchange, Ruin Bar, the Bald Eagle in Phibsboro and several suburban pubs. .

The interior has been redesigned by his daughter, Jill L’Estrange, who runs a company specializing in interior design for the hotel industry. His company L’Estrange Designs has worked on bar and hotel projects in Ireland and abroad, as well as interiors for Airbnb’s headquarters in Dublin.

Current projects include Michael Fetherston’s K Club, which has undergone a substantial renovation since acquiring it from Michael Smurfit last year.

Despite the challenges of the continued uncertainty of the pandemic, lack of attendance due to working from home, and staff shortages across the hospitality industry, L’Estrange is optimistic about the opening and return. of Dublin’s nightlife.

He reportedly said: “The missing piece is tourism, with 60% of the 10 million tourists who visit Ireland passing through Dublin in normal times. Office workers are missing, but it has at least helped the pubs of suburb.”

The L’Estrange group owns the Bottle Tower in Churchtown and the Cock and Bull pubs in Raheny and Coolock.

Hibernia Reit has rented offices next to the Dockers at Hubspot, the US tech giant, and he hopes his staff will frequent the pub when they return to the office.

Staffing is a challenge, according to L’Estrange. He reportedly said: “All Brazilians, Latvians and Poles have gone home. There is a particular shortage of kitchen staff.

Advertising sales

This, however, did not prevent pub properties from making rapid transactions in the capital.

The Oak (formerly Thomas Reed’s) on Dame Street was sold for 6 million euros last month to the Brú group, and Larry Murphy’s on Baggot Street was acquired for around 1 million euros by the bar and restaurant group. free spending hotels Press Up.

UK operator Wetherspoon has said it intends to buy more pubs in Ireland, although it recently marketed its Blackrock pub, the Three Tun Tavern, for € 2.5m .

Hibernia Reit developments

Hibernia Reit, owner of the site where the Windmill Lane studios were located and adjacent grounds, continues to develop office, retail, leisure and residential units in an area she has called the Windmill Quarter.

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