Dublin pub Bar Rua plans expansion
THE owners of Dublin city centre craft beer pub Bar Rua are seeking to extend the premises.
It is owned by brothers James and Edward Dunne, who are behind the Carrig Brewing Company in Drumshanbo, Co Leitrim.
In 2015, they outbid over a dozen other parties to buy a bar then known as Clarendon Inn.
The pub’s previous owners include Christian and Simon Stokes, who demolished and rebuilt the Clarendon Street pub in the mid-1990s.
It was then sold to developer Bernard Mcnamara for €7m and the Stokes brothers leased it back. Both Mcnamara and the Stokes brothers later had some financial troubles and the pub was sold in 2016, on the instructions of a receiver, for €2.4m — well over the €1.6m asking price.
Since March 2016 it has been run as Bar Rua and the Dunnes are seeking to expand into a neighbouring building which previously housed the Mao restaurant.
Bar Rua, which has a strong food business, has already taken a lease, operating fish restaurant Catch 22 there and hopes to formalise the arrangement by joining the buildings together.
The expanded business would include a private dining room.