THE way has been cleared for the opening a new pub and nightclub at the premises formerly occupied by Clohessy’s Bar and the Sin Bin nightclub.
There was shock across the city on October 5, 2014 when it was confirmed the once popular super pub and nightclub on Howley’s Quay had closed, with the loss of around 50 jobs.
This Wednesday, receiver Shane McCarthy of KPMG successfully applied for the revival of the intoxicating liquor licence which previously applied to the ground floor and basement of the premises.
Making the application at Limerick Circuit Court, barrister Michael McGrath said the previous licence lapsed on September 30, 2013.
State Solicitor Michael Murray said there was no garda objection to the application subject to written confirmation that a new internal wall, as outlined in the plans, is constructed.
There was no objection from the fire officer subject to compliance with certain conditions.
Judge Tom O’Donnell was informed that Mr McCarthy was appointed as receiver over the assets of a number of business partners – including Peter Clohessy – following the closure of the pub and nightclub last year.
When asked by the judge, he said while KPMG is not entering the pub business, it does work with experienced and licenced operators in certain circumstances.
It has been reported in recent weeks that the company behind House Dublin, a well-known bar and restaurant on the capital’s Leeson Street, has shown an interest in the premises.
The new licence, which is likely to issue in the coming weeks, will cover an area which is slightly larger than the area which was previously licenced.
Architect Anthony O’Halloran said that a previous storage area, which is located in the basement of the premises, will now be included within the licenced area. There will also be an additional area licenced on the ground floor.
Speaking following the closure of Clohessy’s bar and the Sin Bin last year, Peter Clohessy said the trading had been difficult for some time prior to the decision to cease trading.
“I tried my best to trade out of it but unfortunately we couldn’t. That was a huge decision to make, hopefully I’ll look back in years to come and it’ll be the right decision,” he said, adding that he had battled for a year before making the decision to close the premises.