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Friday 6 December 2019

In for a Penny... new Wetherspoon pub in city centre to open

Chain founder Tim Martin
Chain founder Tim Martin

British pub operator JD Wetherspoon is opening its first outlet in the city centre.

The company announced yesterday The Silver Penny, on Lower Abbey Street, will open its doors on June 21.

It will be Wetherspoon's sixth pub in the country and will create 70 jobs.

The company has spent €4m developing the site of a former bank and chapel.

The Silver Penny will be managed by Filip Mordak. He was previously at The Forty Foot, Wetherspoon's pub in Dun Laoghaire.

"Two distinctive local landmarks, each with their own unique history and heritage, have been developed and restored to build the new pub," a spokesperson said.

Classical

"The first building, an Italianate-style former bank designed by architect Isaac Farrell, is remembered in the new pub name and inspired by the first Irish coinage.

"Originally opened in 1839, the elegant proportions of its classical facade and ornate stonework complement the adjacent former chapel, with its far simpler but no less beautiful exterior.

"The new pub design complements the structure of both historic landmark buildings, as well as offering a contemporary, warm and vibrant pub atmosphere."

The pub will specialise in real ales as well as craft and world beers, serving a wide range of draught ales, as well as bottled beers from local and regional brewers.

It will be open for dining, with children, accompanied by an adult, welcome until 9pm throughout the week.

"Myself and my team are looking forward to welcoming customers into the pub and we are confident that it will be a great addition to the Dublin city centre community," Mr Mordak said.

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