Heard the one about the Irish pub with no alcohol? The booze-free bar, first opened in Dublin, is about to go international having proved an unlikely hit in the home of the black stuff.
The Virgin Mary, on Capel Street which began serving in 2019, is to open a franchised outlet at the Galleria Al Maryah Island, a shopping mall in Abu Dhabi, next month. It will have an Irish manager and staff.
There are also plans to bring the “dry bar” concept to the United States, Australia and other parts of the Middle East in much the same way the “Irish pub” theme spread around the world in the 1990s, with an estimated 7,000 worldwide.
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“When we first came up with the concept of