A calling to the bar

Yet another career beckons for Pat Burton - this time, he’s taken on the challenge of a 10,000 sq ft bar and bistro, bought from a receiver, in Cork city’s western suburbs.

The 60-year old’s first career was as a maths and science teacher; next came auctioneering, then cattle farming, and more latterly came a spell as a county councillor (and a run at the Dáil) in Cork with Fine Gael, but he decided not to run again after a five year spell in local politics.

Now this week he takes over the former McCarthys bar, and a staff of over 20, at Eden Hall, Model Farm Road, a purpose built complex alongside many hundreds of student apartments, on the site of the former Tennis Village.

“I’m going to concentrate on the food business, doing fresh quality food, and will rename it as The Model Farm, bar and bistro as we get into it. I’ll be involved on every level and at every angle, but have kept the staff, manager and assistant manager, “ said Mr Burton, adding “I really enjoy working with people.”

A father of one now-adult child, Mr Burton did a three-month Ballymaloe Cookery course back in 2005, after he left the auctioneering business, with the 1984-established Burton Crowley O’Flynn acquired for the equivalent of €4.4m in 2000.

After leaving the front-line of the property business, Cloghroe-based Mr Burton bought a dry-stock farm, and continued a property consultancy and was elected a county councillor in 2009, serving a five year term and electing not to run again last year, citing.

“Life is for living, and this is another journey in life. I enjoy working with people, and had been looking for a business like this, doing food, on the western side of Cork city but it took a while for something like this to come along,” said Mr Burton, preparing for his first day’s trade in the catering and hospitality business yesterday.

McCarthy’s Bar went up for sale in May of this year, after three years in receivership and leased out by Michael Cotter of EY, via agents Malcolm Tyrrell and Rob Coughlan of Cohalan Downing. Guide price had been €450,000, for a very substantial two-storey mix of public bar and food bistro offer near CIT, between Bishopstown and Ballincollig serving a possible catchment of 40,000.

It includes bistro, lounge bars, external seating areas, games area, commercial kitchen, food prep area, private function room, roof terrace, back stores and offices, cold rooms, etc.

* Details: Cohalan Downing 021-4277717.


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