Limerick’s ‘Wicked Chicken’ Bar to reopen

THE popular ‘Wicked Chicken’ bar is to reopen just a month after it closed.

THE popular ‘Wicked Chicken’ bar is to reopen just a month after it closed.

The popular bar and music spot is to reopen on Saturday, April 30 - in the middle of the May Bank Holiday weekend and while the city is in full swing for Riverfest.

Local events and media company Eightball, who produced the Limerick Event Guide magazine and have run some of the city’s biggest gigs, have taken over the lease for the venue. While the company will reopen ‘the Chicken’, they will not initially reopen popular music venue Baker Place, which is adjoined to bar. Plans are in place to reopen the neighbouring music venue, but it is not likely to happen for some time, at least until next year, the Leader understands.

Eightball, which is run by David O’Donovan, previously ran the Wicked Chicken bar a number of years of ago to great success, bringing popular DJs such as Andy Smith and Qool DJ Marv to play in the cosy bar, and is believed to be looking forward to bringing similar acts to play in the Chicken in due course.

In a post on a new Facebook page set up for the Wicked Chicken, fans of the page were told that the bar would reopen on Saturday April 30 and asked that people would “keep tuned in for a host of guest record-players coming through the doors in the coming months”. Eightball plan to open the bar every night of the week except Monday.

The complex closed on March 20 of this year with the trio of businessmen who had been running the complex as leaseholders for the past six years saying that the decision was a “regrettable one”, blaming the economic downturn for the decision.

Meanwhile, details have been revealed of the HMV backed free outdoor music event ‘Limerick Live 2011’, which will also take place on the Saturday of the May Bank Holiday from 1.30pm-7pm in Arthurs Quay Park.

The event will feature performances from The High Kings, Royseven, The Flaws, Windings, Ivan St John, The Shoos, Na Fianna and Mark O’Connor and the performers will be available after the concert to sign autographs.

Chris Keena, manager of HMV Cruises Street, who are organising the event in association with Riverfest, said he was “delighted to get the chance to be a part of one of the city’s most prestigious festivals” and looked forward to “a really strong lineup for this year’s event”.