Room at the Inn for an entrepreneur

A Cork bar and one-time coach house, with 130 years of hospitality history, is up for sale, with a food focus most likely in new ownership.

Having been rented out for the past several years by its owner Gary O’Donovan, who heads up the 16-shop strong O’Donovans off-licence chain based in Cork, The Rochestown Inn goes on the open market this week, with joint agents Cohalan Downing, and Morrissey’s in Dublin. Its guide price is €575,000.

The Rochestown Inn is in a prominent, outer suburban position at a road junction on the Cork/Douglas road to Passage West/Monkstown, at the foot of Monastery Hill.

There’s an extremely busy walking and cycling route alongside the Rochestown Road here, passing this well-trafficked road junction, with walkers doing a long amenity stretch on the former city/Blackrock-Monkstown rail line along the edge of Cork harbour.

Given the changes in profile of the area down the decades, it’s expected that whoever takes on the Rochestown Inn will make food service a key attraction, as well as maintaining the licenced trade.

The Inn is next door to the hugely successful Cinnamon Cottage Food Emporium, which itself went to the open market in an upgraded 1,400 sq ft building on Monastery Hill,, guiding €575,000 via DTZ and with new owners now in situ.

Agent Brian Olden of Cohalan Downing describes the c 3,300 sq ft Rochestown Inn as “a well-known licensed premises, in one of Cork’s most affluent suburbs.

“There’s a unique and exciting opportunity to this property, with undoubted potential to re-establish and develop a voluminous food and beverage business here, in one of Cork’s most well-known suburbs,” he adds.

It’s less than two miles from Douglas, two miles from Passage West and is in the midst of numerous recent housing and apartment developments, including Harty’s Quay.

Offered on 0.2 of an acre, it is laid out in eight rooms, with overhead storage, and its interior (with over 1,600 sq ft at ground level) is dated.

It’s on a compact site, with parking in front and a beer garden/smoking are was added to the side in 2011. At one stage the Rochestown Inn formed part of a site assembly of 1.1 acres on Rochestown Road, offered in the mid 2000s in two lots at €5 million.

Now, as a smaller lot, and guided at €575,000, it’s back to business; food and drink, and a halting spot cafe for walkers.

Details: Cohalan Downing 021-4277717, Morrisey’s 01-6765781


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