ENTREPRENEURS Colin Brighton and Steve Foot are enjoying the ‘craic’ after opening the first Irish theme pub in St Leonards.
Paddy McGinty’s in Battle Road opened earlier this month after being snapped up for £145,000 by the two business partners. The pair have spent another £140,000 transforming the former Rising Sun pub.
Providing five new jobs, it is the second new pub to open this year after the General Havelock reopened last week.
Steve already owns French’s, the Kings Head and The London Trader.
He met Colin through his role in digital display advertising.
The pair have converted the first floor into living accommodation and are targeting the building trade.
They are trying to attract the dozens of construction workers expected to descend on the area to build the Bexhill link road in the coming months.
Colin, who is originally from Glasgow, said: “We are an independent business and we wanted to offer something a bit different as we’re not tied to any brewery or pub chain.
“We are also trying to buck the trend of so many pubs closing down.
“There are no Irish pubs in this area so we thought it would be a great idea to create one.
“We will have traditional live Irish music and the essential barrel or two of Guinness on the go.
“There’s not a major Irish community here but we’ve already had one or two in to sample the black stuff.
“And we’ve even got plenty of screens where fans can watch the Republic play in the European Championships this summer.”
Steve added: “We’re really excited about the venture and if it goes well we could open another in the town.”