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Planning granted for extension to popular Laois restaurant

Bowe's Durrow

Bowe’s Foodhall and Café in Durrow is one of the most popular eating establishments in the county and they have recently been granted planning permission to construct a two-storey extension.

Owned by husband-and-wife duo Shane and Sarah Bowe, they have plans in place to build a two-storey extension to the north side of the building next to Bank of Ireland.

The extension will allow for additional seating for customers on the ground floor and office space on the first floor.

Located at No 2 and 3 Mary Street in Durrow, No 3 is a protected structure dating back over 250 years and retention has also been granted for the ground and first floor windows facing out on to the street.

The family-run business, which like all in the hospitality sector has been closed for most of the past year, have also been granted planning to change the use of the first floor of the building from residential to office.

They have also been granted retention for “extensions to café to include kitchen area and cold room and conservatory café seating area AND permit”.

The Bowe family opened the business in recent years and quickly established a reputation as a high-quality premises with glowing reviews from both the Georgina Campbell and John and Sally McKenna’s Guides.

As well as renovating the building they also restored the original walled garden at the back which provides an outdoor seating area and a kitchen garden.

Currently restaurants aren’t permitted to open and Bowe’s have opted against offering a take-away service.

An announcement is expected from the Government this week on when indoor and outdoor dining will be permitted again.

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