Belfast Telegraph

Belfast owners of Dead Rabbit bar ‘consider Dublin opening’

By Ronald Quinlan

New York's famous Dead Rabbit bar could be on its way to the island of Ireland after its Belfast owners were reported to be looking into opening in Dublin's former Clerys department store.

The new owners of Clerys have engaged the services of property agents from Knight Frank, Savills and CBRE to secure office and retail tenants and a hotel operator.

It's part of their plans to progress with the redevelopment of Clerys' flagship department store premises on O'Connell Street.

It is understood that Knight Frank has been instructed by owners Natrium to find occupiers for the office element of the ambitious scheme, while Savills has been tasked with sourcing retailers.

CBRE, for its part, has been retained to advise Natrium on the selection of an operator for the boutique hotel, which will be located to the rear of the former department store on Earl Place. While the search for occupiers is still at an early stage, it is understood that the Clerys redevelopment has attracted interest from a wide array of leading Irish and international businesses. And Jack McGarry and Sean Muldoon, the Belfast-born owners of New York's famous Dead Rabbit bar are also understood to have expressed their interest in opening a venue within the redeveloped department store.

Natrium acquired the former department store from Gordon Brothers for €29m in 2015, leading to protests from around 460 staff at the store.

Belfast Telegraph

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