PROPERTY MATTERS : McGrattan's - in the rare 'ould times
OKAY, quiz. Who remembers Zhivago's, where love stories began and unfortunately frequently ended?
I remember going to a mini debs there when my lurve interest for the evening decided it would be appropriate to become ill on one of my shoes at 2am.
I wouldn't have minded but for the fact that it was a slip on, in a fetching off grey colour and had just been bought that morning in Clery's. The guys know what I'm talking about here.
The problem with places like Zhivago's and the like is that most people I now meet, have never heard of this '70s and '80s love emporium, let alone experienced its lurve action. Same gores for queueing around The Metropole or the TV Club days - complete amnesia.
One entertainment spot I note that everyone seems to have heard of however, whether young or old, is the famous McGrattan's on 76 Fitzwilliam Lane in Dublin.
McGrattan's is being sold on behalf of well known personality Dan McGrattan who has been involved in the restaurant business for 30 years.
Over the years, McGrattan's has hosted presidents including Jimmy Carter, Mary Robinson and Patrick Hillary and politicians including Charlie Haughey, Garrett FitzGerald, Albert Reynolds and Bertie Ahern, who recently cut the ribbon at the official opening.
Even a mere mortal such as I can remember one particular evening there in the late '70s which ended in my having a dispute with a coat-stand - needless to say the coat-stand won but I had made my point.
But it's not just huge celebrities like myself that have imbibed and eaten in this former altar to fine wine and good taste.
McGrattan's has also been frequented by many celebrities including U2, The Corrs, Gabriel Byrne and Oliver Reid. Z list I know, but even they had their place.
McGrattan's has recently undergone some serious refurbishment and is now trading as Wilde's Bar & Bosey's Bistro.
It goes without saying that the premises occupy a prime city trading position in the heart of Dublin and is close to the popular hostelries on Baggot Street, the nearby Merrion Hotel and Dáil Éireann.
The refurbished premises are large and extend to some 7,500 sq ft. There is a feature lounge bar at ground floor, and a separate entrance to a fine dining restaurant seating 100 patrons on the first floor.
Sadly Dan McGrattan has decided to retire from the restaurant and bar trade, and now a little bit of Dublin is up for grabs for those with an eye on the past but also to the future.
Institutions come and go in Dublin but McGrattan's will not be forgotten for all the happy times it gave many a Dubliner over the years.
Now however it's time to acquire a freehold property in a prime Dublin 2 location and every publican, restaurateur, club owner, property developers and investor in the city will be likely to have their eye on this rare gem.
McGrattan's, thanks for the memories.
CB Richard Ellis have confirmed their instructions to offer the fully licensed McGrattan's, 76 Fitzwilliam Lane, Dublin 2 sale by tender next Thursday June 15 at 12 noon unless previously sold.
For further information contact John Hughes on 01 618 5500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. While the agents have not disclosed a reserve, the property is expected to achieve in excess of ?5m at tender.