The refurbishment of the landmark Naas licenced premises the Ivy Inn is almost completed and it’s set to open next month.
According to the new owner John Healy, who owns a plant hire business outside Blessington, the premises may open at the end of this month although mid to late October, possibly Hallowe’en, is more likely.
All of the major reconstruction work has been completed and the premises will have a marble topped horsehoe shaped bar at the front along with a restaurant and kitchen towards the end of the premises.
The premises will be leased to Philip Hickey, who has been associated with The Barge along the Grand Canal at Charlemont Street, Dublin, and will reopen once the final fittings, like perimeter seating and the remaining internal electrical fittings are in place.
The Ivy Inn first opened in 1849 and for a time was an hotel.
More recently, the proprietor was Paul Cullen who closed the premises in mid 2012, citing a fall off in the food and drinks trade. Before it closed the Bank of Scotland had appointed a receiver.
Mr. Healy, who operated The Lakes pub in Blessington between 1975 and ‘83, bought the premises for not much in excess of the guide price of €500,000. At the time he said he expected to spend up to €1m. redeveloping the building and told the Leader that he spent “much more than I thought I would have to” on the renovation project.
Mr. Healy, who is in business with sons Peter and Francis, said at the time he would retain the name of the pub.
The opening will be one of the most significant business developments on the main street for a few years.
Many businesses have closed at the southern end of the town in recent years.
- Paul O’Meara