Jay Bourke has high hopes for his impressive new restaurant -- because he doesn't have to contend with "nasty boom-time rents".
Mr Bourke -- who has had problems with landlords in the past -- is to open his new eatery Eden Bar & Grill on South William Street on Monday.
"I am optimistic. Rents have come down and Ireland has become a much more competitive place to do business in," he said.
Mr Bourke, whose past business difficulties have been well documented, said rents shot up suddenly during the boom.
"I'm not a property man but that happened a lot. This (Eden Bar & Grill) has the advantage of not having one of those nasty, boom-time upward-only rent reviews," he said.
Of the new premises, he said: "We're very happy. We think it's beautiful... It's a very elegant old building with skylights.
"It's very pretty. It's exciting and the food is beautiful and it's good value I think. It's a beautiful looking space and it's very unusual. It's very spacious, very luxurious and very interesting on the eye."
A main course is to cost between €14 and €21. Mr Bourke described the prices as pitched at the "value end of things".
"We try hard to charge a fair price. Value is really important. It's the be all and end all of any consumer product," he said.