Wednesday 13 December 2017

Masterchef judge's joy over getting pub licence

Grainne Cunningham and Ray Managh

MASTERCHEF judge Dylan McGrath said he is "absolutely delighted" his new €1.4m restaurant has been granted a full public house drinks licence, despite objections from neighbours.

And he insisted he had no ill-feeling for night club entrepreneur John Reynolds, owner of the neighbouring Market Bar, who led objections to the Circuit Civil Court.

"Business is business," he said.

The court granted Mr McGrath's new venue Fade Street Social the seven-day licence which permits the sale of pints and shorts as well as wine.

He said Mr Reynolds was a friend and a "great guy" who he held in great esteem. "There is no animosity on my part whatsoever."

Mr McGrath said that if the judge had turned down his application, "we would have dusted ourselves off and moved on" but he said he was very pleased to be able to tell his 60 new employees good news rather than bad.

In granting the licence, Judge Matthew Deery said he accepted the word of Mr McGrath that he was first and foremost a restaurateur and had no intention of running Fade Street Social as a public house.

Irish Independent

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