The site will be the steak restaurant group’s second international location following the opening of site in New York last year.
“We’ve been coming to Dublin for years to spend time in one of our favourite cities for food and drink, always keeping an eye open for a beautiful space,” says Beckett.
“When we saw the former National Irish Bank on College Green we fell in love. It’s only taken us 16 years to finally get from London to Dublin, but we can’t wait to open Hawksmoor in what we think is one of the most hospitable cities in the world.”
The pair are hoping to celebrate the original fabric of the National Irish Bank building by restoring original features, such as the banking hall’s grand 40-feet cast-iron dome and ornate plasterwork, and reinstating elements like cast iron railings similar to those originally installed in the 1880s.
“Our goal is to restore it to its former glory, enhance features that have been shielded from public view in recent decades, and enable as many people as possible to enjoy this beautiful historic building,” adds Gott.
Beckett and Gott say the team is currently building an Irish supply chain for Hawksmoor Dublin, suggesting that the restaurant will be focused on Irish beef.
The first Hawksmoor restaurant opened in London’s Spitalfields in 2006.
Its estate has since grown to include seven restaurants in the capital, as well as one in Manchester and another in Edinburgh.
The group will open a site in Liverpool later this year and is also reported to be considering launching an Initial Public Offering (IPO) on the London Stock Exchange as it looks to capitalise on growth opportunities post-Covid.