One of six new venues at Grand Harbour
The Dog House sports bar at Grand Harbour is reopening alongside five other bars and restaurants at the site.
Businessman Harry Lalli has retaken the lease on the properties, and the Dog House, Brick House family restaurant and Keg House outdoor bar are scheduled to open at the weekend. Also planned are a gin bar and a restaurant called Temple House specializing in Indian, Chinese and Thai food.
There will be a takeaway restaurant within the same complex of properties to the rear of Hurley’s supermarket.
Mr. Lalli believes the bars and restaurants will fill a gap in the market for the growing districts east of George Town.
“I decided to do this project because I live in the area and see there is a need for it,” he said. “When I had the Dog House and the Brick House before, they were very popular. The population has grown even more in the past three years and there is not much in the way of family friendly bars and restaurants between Bodden Town and Sunset House.”
The properties, vacant for the past year, have undergone an extensive refit, with the Dog House decked out in sports memorabilia and photographs and featuring large-screen TVs.
“It is going to be the place to come and watch the Superbowl or the Premier League football or pretty much any sports event,” said Mr. Lalli. The size of the venue has been reduced, with the addition of an interior wall to create room for some indoor seating for the new Brick House restaurant.
Mr. Lalli said the bulk of the seating for the restaurant, aimed at families, will be outside, next to a bouncy castle and kids play area.
The outdoor bar, known as the Keg House, will also reopen at the end of the week.
Mr. Lalli also plans to open a gin cocktail bar, called Gin House Blues, at the site within the next few months.
“This is the new up-and-coming trend,” he said. “It will be open every night, but we expect it to be busiest on Fridays.” Opening at the same time next door will be the Temple House restaurant.
He said the concept of multiple different types of venues at one site had worked well at Whiskey Mist at the Strand, where he is also a part-owner.
The Grand Harbour businesses will employ between 15 and 18 people initially, increasing to between 30 and 35 once all the venues are open.
Mr. Lalli said the venues have been ready for some time, but finding experienced staff had proved a challenge.
A “soft opening” is planned for the Dog House, Keg House and Brick House on Friday.