Dublin pub Bar Rua plans ex­pan­sion

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Business & Appointments - - FRONT PAGE - Sa­man­tha Mc­caugh­ren

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.

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