Sunday 18 February 2018

Well-known nightclub owner John Reynolds hoping to turn tanning shop into pub, court told

Fade Street in Dublin
Fade Street in Dublin

Saurya Cherfi

Well-known nightclub owner John Reynolds is planning a new way to add colour to customers’ cheeks as he intends turning a tanning shop on Fade Street, Dublin, into a pub, a court has heard.

Barrister Constance Cassidy SC told the Circuit Civil Court that Fade Street Restaurant Ltd, of which Mr Reynolds is a director, planned to open a small traditional pub on the ground floor and basement at 14 Fade Street. 

Ms Cassidy said the company was applying for a Declaratory Order which would ensure the restaurant would obtain a full seven days licence if planning permission terms as lodged with the court were adhered to.

Judge Terence O’Sullivan heard works on the premises were due to start this August, and the company hoped to open the pub before Christmas.

Mr Reynolds, giving evidence, today said he planned to turn the premises, which used to be a tanning shop into a quirky bohemian traditional bar.

Architect Frank Kenny told the court the premises, which were of a moderate size, would comprise a bar on the ground floor, with a lavatory and storage space  in the basement.

Mr Kenny said the company intended to serve food on the premises, which had no kitchen at the moment, and would apply for a restaurant certificate in due course.

Ms Cassidy said the opening of the pub was part of the continuing regeneration of Fade Street and South Great George Street which had become a prime restaurants and wine bar area for Dubliners and tourists.

She told Judge O’Sullivan, who granted the Declaratory Order, that a drinks license had to be extinguished somewhere else in order for the new pub to obtain one.  The licence to be extinguished had been attached to the now closed Renards nightclub on South Frederick Street.

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