Swords pub venture creates 115 new jobs

by Gazette Reporter

The owners of the Bridge House Hotel in Tullamore have recently purchased a vacant premises on Swords Main Street which they are reopening as a bar and restaurant venue.
When fully completed this new venture will create more than 115 jobs in a range of different roles including chefs, bar and waiting staff and duty managers. There are 90 workers currently on site and many local suppliers are also being used including Euro Refrigeration, AKK for CCTV, Pat Hobbs Fire extinguishers, Fingal Steel, Audio Tech for sound and lighting, LES Electrical, and Sea Clean.
Empire Bar Grill and Venue will be located in the middle of Main Street Swords and is set to open early next month.
It is modelled after trendy bars in cities like New York and London and owners describe it as “the place for glamorous, sophisticated dining and cocktailing in north County Dublin.”
Fingal County Council and Fingal Chamber of Commerce and its president, Tony Lambert, have been helping out with the project and there is much anticipation and excitement about it in the area.
As well as creating employment it is hoped the new venue will bring much needed activity to the centre of Swords Village.
This is one of a number of developments in Swords in recent months along with British pub group Wetherspoon purchasing the Old Boro pub and the sale of Swords Town Centre. This will be welcome news to many in the area as businesses on the main street have been struggling in recent years.
Cllr Darragh Butler (FF) welcomed the announcement, not only in terms of creating jobs in the area but also because reopening a vacant premises will add to the visual appeal of the main street.
He said: “I am really delighted by this news. Not only is it bringing jobs to Swords, it will also mean that this building is opened up once again and this will lead to a big improvement in the appearance of the Main Street.
“Along with the recent investment in Swords Castle and the surrounding cultural quarter that we passed in our recent budget meeting for 2015, this also is a huge boost for the area.
“I would like to thank both the Fingal Chamber of Commerce and their president Tony Lambert and Fingal County Council for the assistance that they provided.
“Whilst some Main Street retail outlets find it hard to compete with big shopping centres such as the Pavilions and Airside, there is a great opportunity for ventures such as the Empire Bar Grill and Venue and other such entertainment outlets to survive and thrive and to bring life back into our Main Street and town centre.”

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