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Viva Las Vegas as superclub planned for Harcourt Street

THIS exclusive Las Vegas-style super club is being planned for Dublin's city centre.

The high-end 'Marquee' nightclub plan is being considered by promoters at the site of the popular Tripod on Harcourt Street, which shut in February.

Its closure and that of the nearby Odeon bar was a blow for Harcourt Street, which is popular with late-night drinkers.

But the Herald can reveal that the Odeon is planning to reopen as soon as next month.

Construction workers are currently renovating the property and the company has advertised for bar staff.

However, sources said that the redevelopment of the Tripod space will take several more months.

Pod Entertainment, the company which operated trendy Dublin nightspots Tripod and Crawdaddy before they closed, is being wound up, just months after it was listed on the Revenue's defaulters list.



Deal

The firm was hit with a bill of €479,211 for undeclared VAT, penalties and interest.

Sources said that AIB and receiver Aidan Murphy from Crowe Horwath are pushing owner John Reynolds to close the deal on the Tripod.

The consortium interested in purchasing and redeveloping the space includes singer Joe Dolan's nephew Colin Dolan, Tom Anderson, Ian Redmond and Mike Ormonde.

The Tripod opened in April 1993 and was regularly altered and expanded over the following 19 years.

The 300-capacity Crawdaddy was added in 2004, developing the venue's reputation for live music. Then the 1,300-capacity Tripod opened in 2006 taking over from the Red Box.

Plans are for the original train station to be incorporated into a modern set-up with stylised dancefloor and expansive bars.

The developers envisage three separate bars over 1,500sqft each, and a club floor space spread out over 8,000sqft.



Promoters

Several of the more intimate areas will be available exclusively for VIPs.

Once the project gets the green light, the promoters hope to attract some of the biggest names in the industry to play live, competing with the likes of The Wright Venue in Swords as well as Krystle, DTwo and Bucks in the near vicinity.

clairemurphy@herald.ie


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