McGrath's restaurant in licensing dispute
RESTAURATEUR Dylan McGrath is at the centre of a licensing dispute with rival restaurant and bar owners just days before he is set to open his latest venture.
The 'MasterChef Ireland' presenter is due to open Fade Street Social, an 8,000sq ft venue with two restaurants and a bar, in Dublin city centre next week.
However, a quartet of local competing pubs and restaurants, led by nightclub entrepreneur John Reynolds, is objecting to the granting of a full public house licence to Mr McGrath's new establishment.
The outcome of the case at the Circuit Civil Court could throw the opening date of the restaurant in doubt. It is expected to employ at least 50 people.
Mr Reynolds, who owns the neighbouring Market Bar on Fade Street, and the other objectors claim proper procedures were not followed in obtaining amendments to plans for the new restaurant.
Senior counsel for Mr McGrath, Constance Cassidy, yesterday told Judge Matthew Deery that two years ago another Circuit Civil Court judge had granted the chef a declaratory order covering the full licensing of his restaurant when it was completed in accordance with plans presented to the court at that time.
Eamon Galligan, senior counsel for the objectors, claimed that the plans previously approved had been dramatically changed since the earlier court hearing.
The case continues today.