Monday 19 February 2018

Brown Thomas granted pub licence giving spouses and partners an escape option

Judge Groarke granted the store an ordinary seven-day publican’s licence
Judge Groarke granted the store an ordinary seven-day publican’s licence

Saurya Cherfi & Ray Managh

One of Ireland’s leading stores was today granted a full pub licence in the Circuit Licensing Court.

Constance Cassidy SC told the court that refurbishment on the third floor of Brown Thomas in Grafton Street, Dublin, had been carried out in accordance with planning permission.

Ms Cassidy told Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke, who last month granted the store a Declaratory Order, that renovations and refurbishment had been completed and the store was now applying for a drinks licence.

The court had heard the store had been operating a wine license in its restaurant for the last 40 years and wished to improve matters for their customers and in particular for partners and spouses who had to wait around while the shopping list was completed.

Ms Cassidy, who appeared with barrister Nicola-Jane Andrews and Compton Solicitors, said Brown Thomas & Co Ltd had bought out extinguished a full pub license from Falcon Irish Pubs Limited which owned Ned McKnights in Main Street, Cappamore, Co Limerick.

Architect Frank Kenny told the court that planning permission had been granted for a new kitchen and carvery area, dry goods and refrigerated storage areas, dining areas and staff facilities. 

Lorraine Bedford, health and safety compliance manager with Brown Thomas, said the Fire Officer had inspected the premises and was satisfied works had been carried out according to the planning permission.

Ms Bedford last month told the court the store wished to make a full drinks menu, including beer and spirits, available to customers and those who, at the moment, just had to sit around while their money was being spent.

Ms Cassidy had told Judge Groarke that those in waiting could at least slightly anaesthetise themselves against what spouses and partners would spend. 

Today Judge Groarke granted the store an ordinary seven-day publican’s licence. 

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