Wednesday 22 November 2017

Lar Corbett still eager to buy 'birthplace of GAA'

Tipperary hurler Lar Corbett at his Thyme Bistro in Thurles. Picture:Liam Burke/Press 22
Tipperary hurler Lar Corbett at his Thyme Bistro in Thurles. Picture:Liam Burke/Press 22

Jackie Cahill

TIPPERARY hurler Lar Corbett is still interested in purchasing the GAA's birthplace – Hayes Hotel in Thurles – as he prepares to relaunch his restaurant business in the town.

In January, it was revealed that Corbett, business partner Kevin Coppinger and international boxing star Matthew Macklin were interested in buying Hayes Hotel, where the GAA was founded in 1884.

Corbett (33) admitted that there is "no update" on a potential buyout but confirmed: "We're still interested."

He said: "It's something I don't really want to go into and it's very complex.

"But it's the home of the GAA and with someone like myself taking it over and running it, I definitely think we could make it work. But it's very complex at the minute."

Meanwhile, Corbett is in the process of rebranding his restaurant on Friar Street.

Formerly known as Puccini's, the venue will now be known as Time Bistro, with an official rebrand evening scheduled for this coming Saturday.

Corbett has recruited Marino Monterisi, a former Wicklow chef of the year, and he believes that the Italian is the man to turn the business around.

Corbett admitted: "There were a lot of mistakes here in the beginning – the biggest learning curve that I have ever witnessed in my life.

"Now we have a chance to hit the ground running with Marino. He saw all of the problems and mistakes that we were making.

"Paolo Tullio has written about Marino in the Irish Independent and he is here to restructure everything."

Corbett, who also runs Lar Corbett's Bar at Coppinger's Bar, added: "Thank God we're getting a second chance at this. There's always a danger you won't get a second chance.

"I won't say it was that serious but we strive to be the best and at the top and we weren't.

"We could see from the reaction of customers that we could do better and with this guy (Monterisi), we will."

Corbett added: "By chance, we met Marino. We clicked straight away and he's to our way of thinking. He's a very strong-minded guy."

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