According to a report in the Irish Independent recently the deal is believed to be worth around €10 million to Bruxelles owner Dave Egan who’s been running the pub since the 70s.
According to the report, “Fitzgerald, who is 50 years in the business, had made an unsuccessful bid for two nearby pubs the Old Stand and Davy Byrnes. His son, Eddie, who works closely with his father, suggested they look at Bruxelles even though it was not for sale.
“We were looking to purchase a pub in this area because of how successful Kehoes and the Stag’s Head have been for us,” Louis – whose Fitzgerald Group now own 21 pubs and two hotels – told the Independent.
“When I first approached Dave he said no but I told him to think about it and give me a call which he did. We’ve done a very good deal and we’re very happy with the business that has run here for a long number of years. The food is something we might look at and we have a new head chef coming in. But it’s a pub that fits.”
Louis Fitzgerald ruled out Copper Face Jacks as another purchasing possibility, which owner Cathal Jackson recently put on the market.
“Cathal’s a friend of mine for many, many years and I talk to him regularly. I wish him well but it’s not something we’d be after now,” he told the newspaper.