Publican Louis Fitzgerald has received the green light from Dublin City Council to revive a hospitality venue on the site of the famous Baggot Inn.
Last week, Fitzgerald was granted permission to open a venue on the site subject to conditions. The unit on Baggot Street is currently occupied by a KBC Bank branch, which is set to close this year.
Speaking with the Sunday Independent, Fitzgerald said the new venue, which hasn’t been named yet, would be a restaurant and a bar.
“The Baggot is special,” he said. “It got knocked down and rebuilt again. So it is a different concept from what it used to be years ago.
“It is a historical landmark. That has to be respected.”
Fitzgerald said there will always be recognition of the many famous people who played there.
“You can’t bury history. You’d love to keep all the famous people in their pictures, and there will be a memory of them in the new building.”
In 2000, Louis Fitzgerald acquired the Baggot Inn pub from Frank and John Smith.
Among the many famous artists who had played at the Baggot Inn were Thin Lizzy, David Bowie and U2.