Celebrations began at Fire this week after a two and a half year process saw permission being granted to Dublin’s popular Irish steakhouse Fire for a €2 million development project  that will see the creation of 30 new hospitality jobs bringing the workforce to 76 full-time employees when completed.

This investment demonstrates another positive sign of sustainable recovery within the Dublin hospitality industry. A new bar facility located on the ground floor – previously offices and storage – and a new dining area on the first floor will open in early September 2013. FIRE Restaurant & Venue will not be affected during the development works.

Fire Restaurant is located adjacent to Dublin’s historic Mansion House, in the building that was the Lord Mayor’s Banqueting hall (previously known as the Supper Room).
The magnificent original building was constructed at the end of the 19th Century, overlooking the Lord Mayor’s Garden. Throughout the course of the 20th century, various concrete extensions were added to the front of the structure and the garden also lost its original design.

“For the last three years, we (and our group of conservation specialists, engineering consultants and historic garden experts) have worked in close consultation with FIRE and Dublin City Council to sensitively design a new contemporary frontage to the building and to reinstate the Edwardian-style civic setting, which will bring back the former spirit of the Supper Room and Lord Mayor’s garden,” architect Sean Harrington said.

“Dublin City Council is delighted to be working in partnership with FIRE to deliver what will be a stunning new façade and a worthy architectural enhancement to the set-piece of the Mansion House. It will also deliver an enhanced and economically-sustainable restaurant offering that provides customers with additional comfort and protects Dublin City Council’s investment,” said John Tierney, Dublin City Manager.

“Transforming the underutilised ground floor of the building not only allows FIRE to give greater choice and comfort to customers, but also secures the long term viability of the overall business on Dawson Street which includes the Round Room Business & Event Centre,” said Padraic O’Kane, FIRE Restaurant & Venue.

Click here to watch a video preview of the new bar at Fire Restaurant Dublin.