Downtown Irish pub to open early

A new Irish restaurant and pub originally expected to open later this fall on Dexter Avenue will open its doors in September, the owner said.

The city will hold a press conference at 9:30 a.m. at the restaurant’s location at 78 Dexter Ave. to release details about Irish Bred Pub, which will be the second franchise to open in Alabama. The first opened in Opelika about two years ago, and there are six others in Georgia.

The restaurant, which the Advertiser reported June 7 would be coming to 78 Dexter, will be the first new business resulting from Montgomery’s redevelopment of lower Dexter Avenue. The city has been working to sell 12 properties it purchased on the street in an effort to revitalize the area.

“It’s important to have a very good brand, a successful brand, because if it doesn’t work, all the (other properties on Dexter Ave.) are not as likely to be successful,” said Luis Rubio, who purchased and redeveloped the building at 78 Dexter Ave. Rubio will also be operating the restaurant.

The three-floor restaurant and pub will serve lunch and dinner and have a full bar with more than 15 beers on tap, said Paul Marmol, president of Irish Bred Pub Concepts Inc. The menu will feature burgers, steaks, seafood, salads, sandwiches and Irish fare.

The bottom floor will be a family restaurant, and the upper levels will feature nightly entertainment such as local bands, DJs, karaoke, comedy and trivia, Marmol said. The restaurant will employ approximately 75 people.

“This is the kind of business we’re looking for because it’s a restaurant that offers cheap lunch for all people who work here, and night entertainment,” Rubio said.

Source: Kala Kachmar and Brad Harper, montgomeryadvertiser.com

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