Belfast bar refurb after sale plan dropped
Belfast bar The Washington has closed down for refurbishment after plans to sell it at an asking price of £2.5m were abandoned, the Belfast Telegraph can reveal.
The Howard Street pub, which has been shut temporarily, had gone on the market in December through commercial property agents CBRE.
The sale included the bar and restaurant and CBRE said at the time that the site brought "potential for nine-storey hotel development or alternative mixed-use scheme".
The venue is owned by Eamon Diamond, who also owns Duke's Hotel on Botanic Avenue, The Chester in north Belfast and The Bellevue Arms in Newtownabbey.
Now instead of a sale, Mr Diamond is holding on to the bar but will refurbish the entire premises.
Last month, the Carmichael Group confirmed that it was leasing out its Morrisons bar on Bedford Street to Mark Beirne. The venue is reopening under the brand Pug Uglys next month.
At £2.5m, the asking price for The Washington had been lower than that for Cafe Vaudeville, which had a price tag of £3.5m in 2016.
The Arthur Street nightspot was eventually sold to Revolution Bars Group and is now Revolucion de Cuba.