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Monday 11 December 2017

Investors re-open restaurant with a lot of Bang

Business partners Bobby Kerr and Joe Barrett
Business partners Bobby Kerr and Joe Barrett
Workers add the finishing touches to the sign at the cafe

Ken Sweeney

Landmark Dublin restaurant Bang Cafe re-opened on Merrion Row last night.

Formerly owned by identical twins Christian and Simon Stokes (34), and named after their mother, designer Pia Bang, the eatery traded for 10 years before closing its doors earlier this year when its owners ran into financial trouble.

Enter 'Dragons' Den' entrepreneur Bobby Kerr along with Joe and Anne Barrett, siblings of property developer Richard Barrett, who have re-opened the restaurant with the same name and some old favourites from its menu.

Despite Bang having once being forced to close, new investor Mr Kerr, who runs the Insomnia coffee chain, said he didn't expect Bang to give him any sleepless nights.

"The previous occupants had great success here. It was the wider issue of other businesses which caused the restaurant to close the first time," Bobby Kerr told the Irish Independent.

While declining to put a figure on his exact investment, Kerr would only describe it as "a good bit of money".

The 50-year-old said he would be looking after the marketing and sales, with fellow investor Joe Barrett running the business.

The restaurant's staff of 25, which includes four original restaurant staff, are being joined by Phil Yeung, former chef de cuisine at Town Bar & Grill, as head chef.

Irish Independent

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