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Brown Thomas granted pub licence to 'anaesthetise spouses while their money is being spent'

Published 18/02/2016

Brown Thomas on Dublin's Grafton Street
Brown Thomas on Dublin's Grafton Street

Shopping in Dublin is about to get a lot merrier - Brown Thomas has been granted a pub licence.

The famous Grafton Street department store has been operating a wine licence in its restaurant for the last 40 years.

But it will now be able to serve drinks on the shop floor to those waiting while their partners shop.

Health and safety compliance manager Lorraine Bedford said Brown Thomas wanted to make a full drinks menu, including beer and spirits, available to customers and those who just had to sit around while their money was being spent.

Constance Cassidy SC told Dublin's Circuit Licensing Court that those waiting could at least slightly anaesthetise themselves against what spouses and partners would spend.

The third floor of Brown Thomas has been refurbished in anticipation of the licence.

Architect Frank Kenny told the court that planning permission had been granted for a new kitchen and carvery area, dry goods and refrigerated storage areas, dining areas and staff facilities.

Mr Justice Raymond Groarke granted the store a seven-day publican's licence.

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