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Dublin's Reopening Remains In Limbo

By David Markland
Published: Friday, November 12, 2010, at 10:49AM
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What happened to Dublin’s?

Located on 7th in the Fine Arts Building, Dublin’s looked to be a strong new contender in the Downtown sports bar game when it opened in early September.

Then it vanished.

General manager Blake St. John tells blogdowntown that the sports pub became a victim of its own success. Maybe it was the 65 beers on tap or the multitude of flatscreen TVs, but he said the place became so popular that they were forced to immediately upgrade their kitchen with an additional gas line for a fryer.

They failed, however, to first get their permits in order. Due to the modifications, the County Health Department closed down the restaurant until they bring the kitchen up to spec.

According to Ken Murray, Director of the Bureau of District Surveillance and Enforcement, Dublins has a plan check review scheduled for Friday, and, if the plans are approved, the pub can then proceed with additional required construction. Murray says that his agency could issue a health permit within three days of being notified that the work is completed.

The next issue may be staffing. Last Friday, St. John said that the pub’s entire original staff would be returning. However, one former employee who asked not to be named said that this isn’t true: due to the delayed reopening, a number of workers had to find work elsewhere, and some still haven’t been paid for their previous, brief tenure. Messages left with management and the owners to respond to this claim have not been returned.

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