A WELL-known watering hole in Portlaoise is set for a face-lift, with an application lodged with Laois County Council for permission to erect new signs on the outside of Silver’s bar.
Silver Inn Limited, run by company directors Mr Edward Brady and Mr David Power, applied for planning permission on October 10. In their application, it was proposed to erect new signage to the shop front at 81 Main Street, which was previously the location of The Cloisters bar.
Also included in the application was permission sought to retain minor changes to the rear of the existing licensed premises, to include internal change of use from a store to a new bar area and a new concrete yard to the rear of the smoking area with all associated works.
Architect for the development is Angelo Magliocco and a decision is due from the council on December 4.
The pub has been without a sign for some time, after the previous Wild West-themed frontage had to be removed when it transpired that the management did not have planning permission for the works. There was also a concern raised by Laois Heritage Society as to the potential damage which any construction work might cause to a nearby church, which is a protected building.