Bill Wolsey bringing Bullitt brand to Dublin with new hotel

Bill Wolsey bringing Bullitt brand to Dublin with new hotel

A former bakery on Dublin’s Capel Street is to be turned into a 98-bedroom hotel after plans from Bill Wolsey’s Beannchor Group were approved by An Bord Pleanála.

Beannchor, which owns and operates some of Belfast’s most well-known and popular hotels and hospitality venues, including The Merchant Hotel and Bullitt Hotel, is set to invest €30 million and create 200 jobs at the historic site, which has more recently been home to the Riverdance organisation.

Commenting on the announcement, Bill Wolsey said: “Our ambition to bring the Bullitt brand to Dublin is something that we have been planning for some time. We are passionate about the Bullitt brand and we are confident that it will prove just as popular in the Dublin market as it has already proven in Belfast.

“We plan to recognise and respect the history and architecture of the site and the heritage of the area, and in doing so will ensure Bullitt Dublin has its own unique character. The design and layout of the hotel, along with its open spaces, will help establish this.

Bill Wolsey is bringing the Bullitt brand to Dublin

“We hope to be opening our doors to our first guests in the autumn of 2023.”

An artist’s impression of the hotel shows that much of the existing building will be restored and maintained with a striking extension added to create a contemporary look and feel with glazing and roof planting.

The eight-storey Bullitt Dublin will provide visitors and tourists with a lobby bar, café and restaurant space, a traditional pub, additional restaurant, function area and conference room as well as an outdoor courtyard.

The property was acquired by Beannchor in late 2017 and construction work will begin when archaeological surveys at the site have been completed.

The Beannchor Group is Northern Ireland’s largest hospitality group. Its portfolio includes The Merchant Hotel, Belfast; Bullitt Hotel and The Dirty Onion in Belfast; The Hillside in Hillsborough and nine Little Wing Pizzerias in locations across Northern Ireland.

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