May Opening for Hawksmoor
Hawksmoor has confirmed the opening date for their first restaurant in Ireland. Work on the historic National Bank building is weeks from completion, transforming 34 College Green into an impressive 152-seat restaurant, elegant back-to-back bar and private dining space, which will open on Thursday 25th May, with bookings opening in early May.
Subscribers to the Hawksmoor Dublin mailing list will be invited to book a table during their soft launch period from 17th through to 24th May, with 50% off the food bill as they work towards perfecting their offering.
Hawksmoor started in 2006, when two childhood friends, Will Beckett and Huw Gott, opened a restaurant serving steaks from traditionally-reared cattle and sustainably sourced seafood alongside a progressive cocktail programme in a then-unfashionable part of East London. It has since become a favourite across the UK and New York and has ranked Number 1 in the “World’s Best Steak Restaurants” list.
Hawksmoor is also widely considered one of the most admired companies in the restaurant industry with numerous awards to its name, including a certification as one of the best employers in the UK, and as a B Corporation – a global kite mark of the highest level of integrity.
As with many of their other restaurants which are often set in beautiful and significant listed buildings, in Dublin, Hawksmoor will sensitively celebrate the handsome fabric of the former National Bank, an ornately detailed Italianate building designed by William Barnes in the mid-1840s.
Many original features are being restored, like the banking hall’s grand 40-foot hemispherical cast-iron dome set on Corinthian columns and its elaborate plasterwork. The use of reclaimed materials, a Hawksmoor signature, is being incorporated throughout, with reclaimed doors and repurposed antique lighting all featuring. There will be beautiful parquet floors throughout.
“We are really excited to be opening soon,” says General Manager Alex McGettigan, who was born in Bray, raised in Bristol and is now back again living among family in Bray.
Hawksmoor Dublin is the group’s 12th restaurant and has created over 90 jobs in Dublin.