A company linked with pub and hotel veteran Louis Fitzgerald has applied for planning permission to turn the KBC Bank branch on Baggot Street, the site of what was once the Baggot Inn, into a licensed restaurant.
Earlier this month, Riady Trading Ltd, which counts Louis Fitzgerald and his family as directors, applied to Dublin City Council seeking permission for a change of use from the existing bank to a restaurant.
Documents filed as part of the application include a site location referring to “Baggot Inn”. The documents do not state what the name of the new venue will be.
The new premises would be next to the Mexican-themed underground club Xico, which replaced the most recent iteration of the Baggot Inn, which closed around 2014.
Plans show the proposed restaurant would include a reception area, kitchen, deli counter and small bar areas, a bottle store and room for wines and spirits.
The bar comprises seating, with around 18 tables throughout the premises.
In 2000, Louis Fitzgerald acquired the Baggot Inn pub from Frank and John Smith. The former Ireland soccer manager Jack Charlton had a small stake in the business.
A 2007 report in the Irish Examiner on its reopening said the Baggot Inn had been closed for around eight years.
That pub was in the basement of the old pub – where Xico is now – which was the concert section of the original venue.
Among the artists who had played at the Baggot Inn were Thin Lizzy, David Bowie and U2.
Fitzgerald is the owner of one of the country’s largest hospitality groups.
Some of the Louis Fitzgerald Group pubs include Kehoe’s, the Stag’s Head, Bruxelles, The Gin Palace, Grand Central and Quays Temple Bar, and An Poitín Stil.
Fitzgerald also owns hotels, including The Arlington Hotel and The Louis Fitzgerald Hotel.
The Irish Independent reported in May that the Louis Fitzgerald pub and hotel group’s holding company, Burtse Ltd, sustained a €37m hit to revenues due to the Covid-19 pandemic in the 12 months to June 2021. Over the 12 months, revenues reduced from €53m to €16m.
Fitzgerald did not respond to a request for comment.