One of New South Wales’ best-known Irish pub chains is updating its portfolio of venues.
The Gallagher Hotel Management (GHM) group has acquired some new venues and is selling others.
“We have been restructuring and expanding so it has been a busy time,” said CEO Patrick Gallagher.
The company recently sold its PJ Gallagher’s Drummoyne outlet to residential property group and hotelier, Iris Group. This sale follows on the back of the acquisition of the Parramatta venue by the same firm 18 months ago.
It is understood that the Drummoyne outlet will hold onto its PJ’s name, like the Parramatta venue has.
But Irish Australian Patrick is quick to state the chain is not abandoning the PJ Gallagher’s brand.
“We are currently working on opening a further three Gallagher pubs throughout Sydney. So it’s by no means the end of us,” he said.
In the past year, GHM has acquired The Criterion on Pitt Street and the Fox and Lion at Moore Park. Other recent acquisitions include Norton’s on Norton in Leichhardt and the Coronation Hotel in Enfield.
All four will become PJ Gallagher’s.
The group has also began to expand outside its traditional Irish base with the opening of its new bar – Le Pub – a French-style bar in the heart of Sydney’s CBD on the site of the old St Patrick’s Tavern in King Street.
“It’s been a bit of leap for us, but I feel confident that customers will like the concept. We are already nearly full for Melbourne Cup and we have not even been open a week, so that is heartening,” he said.
Gallagher also revealed that The Monkey Bar in Balmain may become its next Le Pub branch.
“I believe that area will suit this type of venture.” he said.
The Le Pub concept developed when Gallagher purchased the Union pub in north Sydney.
“We re-fitted the pub to a French feel, something of the metro meets the café. The food is very French and it’s something we wanted to strive toward. We did not change the name as the Union was just so well-known.”
The fit-out of the Union would lead to winning a Best Hotel design award.
“It’s always tricky starting a new venture, but I guess we will know in a month or so what customer reactions are like. I’m confident in the idea and it’s something I’m really passionate about,” he said.