Pub chain JD Wetherspoon to invest €1.5m in Cork's Newport Cafe
The Watford-based company has purchased the former Newport Cafe in Paul Street Plaza, Cork. Wetherspoon said it will invest €1.5m into developing the pub. The site, which is currently shut, will require both planning and licensing permission. This is its second Irish purchase; just weeks ago it acquired Tonic Bar in Blackrock, Dublin. Wetherspoon, which owns more than 900 pubs in the UK, aims to have both open by next April. Founder and chairman Tim Martin confirmed the company is looking at other sites throughout the Republic, “and hopefully they will come to fruition in the near future.” The company plans to open between 10 and 20 pubs over the next five to ten years and says each will create around 50 jobs. Its foray into the Irish market has drawn ire from some; a Facebook page condemning its arrival in Ireland has 2,500 members.