Locally owned Irish pub to replace Raglan Road in Power & Light District

Another Irish pub — this one locally owned — will take the former Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant space in downtown’s Power & Light District.

Downtown Irish Pubs LLC said Tuesday it plans a March 5th opening for The Dubliner at 170 E. 14th St., directly across from the Sprint Center. It will be managed by KC Hopps Ltd., which owns or manages several area restaurant-bar concepts, including 75th Street Brewery, Blue Moose Bar & Grill, and O’Dowd’s Little Dublin.

“We love the energy down in Power & Light and we know the Cordish group (the district’s developer) is good at bringing people to the P&L. We think we can feed off of and contribute to that,” said Chris Sutton, president and chief executive officer of KC Hopps Ltd. “And it is an absolutely beautiful space.”

Dubliner’s menu will include traditional Irish pub fare such as Bangers & Mash, fish and chips, and corned beef and cabbage, along with versions of American pub dishes including salads, soups, sandwiches and entrees. The Dubliner also will have live music.

KC Hopps plans to hire about 100 full- and part-time employees during March for the Big 12 and March Madness basketball tournaments and St. Patrick’s Day events, but will later have a permanent staff of about 70 people. The 10,000-square-foot space has three dining areas and two bar areas, along with two outdoor patios.

Raglan Road was one of the first tenants to open in the entertainment district in March 2008. The owners spent several million dollars on the space, even bringing in Irish workman and an Irish-made bar. The venue had a menu designed by celebrity Irish chef Kevin Dundon, and Irish dancers and musicians performed there.

But in mid-2011, Raglan’s landlord filed a lawsuit in Jackson County Circuit Court seeking back rent and other charges, and possession of the premises. Raglan Road filed a response alleging fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation and breach of contract, and later closed. Those cases are still pending.

Source: Joyce Smith, kansascity.com

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