Wetherspoon to open €21m hotel and pub in Dublin city centre this year

Wetherspoon to open €21m hotel and pub in Dublin city centre this year

WETHERSPOON has announced that it will be opening a brand new €21 million hotel and pub in the centre of Dublin.

The site will be named Keavan’s Port, and will open on Dublin's Camden Street on 20 October.

The pub will have two bars, one located on the lower ground floor and the other at ground floor level within the gazed atrium, while the hotel will come with 89 rooms in total.

The company say it will create as many as 200 jobs for Dubliners.

"It is the company’s biggest single investment on a site and will also house its largest hotel," said Wetherspoon chief executive John Hutson.

"The project has gone back a few months as building work was put on hold due to Covid-19, however, we are delighted that building work is once again underway.

"We believe the pub and hotel will be a great asset to Dublin and hopefully it will act as a catalyst for other businesses to invest in the city."

Ever since the pandemic, there have been fears for the future of local hospitality around the world.

With independent pubs likely to struggle with the sudden dip in customers due to lockdown, as well as mandatory social distancing implementations, there are worries that many won't be able to survive the coming months.

This will leave the door open, many are predicting, for big-chains like Wetherspoon and O'Neills.

Wetherspoon has been at the centre of controversy throughout the Covid-19 crisis, suspending payments to its suppliers (including Irish suppliers) during closure.

Wetherspoon workers also unionised, after the company refused to continue paying them until government subsidies came through (a decision that was eventually reversed).