Crowds flock to Riva after revamp

RIVA Brasserie in Earl Street reopened its doors to the public on Saturday morning after an extensive week long revamp.

RIVA Brasserie in Earl Street reopened its doors to the public on Saturday morning after an extensive week long revamp.

The reaction to the redevelopment of the popular café and restaurant was immediate with seats and tables at a premium within the first half hour of the reopening at 10am that morning.

Amongst the changes to the building – once the home of The Dundalk Democrat – are a new bar area, a new take out coffee and smoothie service, a new menu and the establishment of “Democrat Alley”, an area which recalls the building’s past association with the town’s longest established newspaper.

Speaking at the opening, owner Tim Murphy – who runs Riva Brasserie and Riva Townhouse in Jocelyn Street with his wife Bernie – said he was delighted with the changes and the support that people were giving the couple.

“It’s a miracle that we got it all finished in time but to Sean McEneaney and his crew I just have to say 100,000 million thanks.

“We still have a few finishing touches to complete and the Democrat Alley will be more a work in progress than anything but it’s finally looking the way myself and Bernie wanted it to all along.”

Initial reaction from customers was very positive and there was a steady flow of visitors to the venue over the weekend, including for Tim’s 50th birthday party on Saturday night and a second party for the Duffy family on Sunday night.

Tim said he was pleased as punch with the reaction.

“People were at the door on Saturday morning before 10am waiting on it to open.

“I think Dundalk wants this space and now it is something to be proud of. “It’s exactly what we had hoped for and all the customers have been saying that they are fairly impressed.”

In relation to The Democrat Alley, Tim said there were “still a few pictures to put up” but Riva Brasserie is now very much back up and running and judging by the weekend’s success, it is set to grow and grow even more.