THE oldest family-run pub and restaurant in Ireland is to close for a makeover.
Treacy’s thatched pub at The Heath, which stayed open during the Great Famine and two World Wars will close next week for the first time in 237 years.
However, the temporary closure will last for only ten to 12 days as the restaurant gets a 21st century facelift. The bar will stay open at night-time.
The famous building has been in the same family since it opened in 1780, with the seventh and eighth generation of Treacys currently working there with a 28-strong staff.
Owners Tom and Marie Treacy added a restaurant to the pub in 1987, in response to N7 truck drivers’ demand for Marie’s toasted-special sandwiches.
The restaurant survived the construction of the Portlaoise bypass in 1997, which saw hungry lorry drivers take a detour and it is still going strong after the lean recession years.
The temporary closure from Monday 30 January will see a major redecoration for the restaurant, including the upgrading of bathrooms and other facilities. The bar will continue to open each night from 7pm and the premises is expected to reopen by 10 February or shortly afterwards.