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Saturday 21 October 2017

Wetherspoon's snaps up Forty Foot

The Three Tun Tavern in Dun Laoghaire
The Three Tun Tavern in Dun Laoghaire
The Three Tun Tavern in Dun Laoghaire

BRITISH pub chain JD Wetherspoon has bought its second Dublin pub, scooping up the former Forty Foot bar and restaurant in Dun Laoghaire.

The spot has been empty for more than a year, and a spokesman for Wetherspoon confirmed it had bought the entire site.

The deal was completed last Friday.

It is unclear how much was paid for the site which has more than 10,000ft of space and previously included a nightclub.

It is understood the asking price was around €1.5m - the same price that the chain paid for the site of Tonic in Blackrock.

Wetherspoon's has confirmed that no nightclub will operate at the Dun Laoghaire site.

The bar menu will be the same as the operator's menu in its first Irish pub, the Three Tun Tavern, which opened yesterday and famously does not serve Guinness.

Wetherspoon's has also bought a site in Cork.

A spokesman could not say when the rebranded Forty Foot site was likely to open for business.

But Wetherspoon's regional manager for Ireland, Alistair Broome, said: "We are delighted to have purchased the former pub in Dun Laoghaire.

"We are looking forward to redeveloping the site and creating jobs in the area."

The announcement of the purchase was timed to coincide with the opening of Three Tun Tavern.

The bar, at Temple Road, Blackrock, opened decked-out with a library and commissioned Irish art.

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Controversially, for some Irish drinkers, the pub will not be selling Guinness.

However, Beamish and Murphy will be on offer.

A spokesperson for the chain said: "We couldn't agree on a price with Guinness."

The pub, which has a reputation for its cheap drink and plain decor, is offering its cheapest pint for €3.75.

Bottomless coffees for €1.50 may also attract customers in for breakfast.

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