The iconic D’Olier Chambers building in Dublin city center has been given a new lease of life just in time for the Christmas season. Church & Chambers, a Michelin Guide-recommended partner restaurant of Mr Fox in Parnell Square, is set to open following the agreement of a 20-year lease for the property. The annual reserved rent is €120,000 with revisions every five years.
The team behind the project is made up of James Moore, former chef of the two-star New York restaurant Atera, and Jane Frye, who are leaving the United States to embark on the new adventure with the chef and owner by Mr Fox, Dubliner Anthony Smith.
The name of the new restaurant, Church & Chambers, is a nod to the building’s historic presence in Dublin as well as the team’s roots in New York’s Tribeca neighborhood. The renovation of the Chambres D’Olier, a listed 19th century building, has been entrusted to design specialists Pure Fitout. While the restaurant will have a minimalist design, the historic character of the building will be recognized through the preservation of original period details.
Located opposite Trinity College Dublin, at the junction of D’Olier and Pearse streets, Church & Chamber’s will comprise the ground floor and basement of D’Olier Chambers. The restaurant will span 3,100 square feet and will be set up as a lounge area on the ground floor with kitchens and guest facilities in the basement. The dining room will feature a chef’s counter, giving diners a front-row seat to observe the kitchen.
Commenting on Church & Chambers’ decision to open in D’Olier Chambers, Nigel Kingston, who handled the rental for the owner on behalf of Colliers, said: “This rental shows the strong demand for dining space in the city. It also shows a new level of confidence from the new generation of operators who are willing to consider locations that would be outside of the normal, established food and drink districts. The development of College Square by Marlet Property Group on the adjacent Hawkins Street site will further strengthen and consolidate this site as an office and food and beverage venue.