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Dublin Square changes hands; Murphy's Pub group to launch new concept

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A downtown Rapid City bar is changing hands.

The new owners of Dublin Square will close the deal by Tuesday.    

Owner, Ray Graff and his wife Pam owned the business for eight years.  He's selling to the same group of people who own Murphy's Pub.  Graff said he saw a city-wide change two or three years ago.  He said sales decreased with increased beer and liquor licenses in the downtown area.  

"Then you earmark that with some changes as far as what's happened during the summer with Harley Davidson no longer at the Civic Center.   I mean, the rally, truthfully, is almost a non-event in Rapid City anymore," said Graff. 

Graff said he is looking forward to spending time with family, and finally remodeling his basement.

Under new ownership, the business will remain Dublin Square until Saint Patrick's Day.  That's when Tony Demaro and partners will shut the doors for a complete remodel, similar to the transformation of Murphy's Pub.

Demaro expects the work to take 60 to 90 days.and he said the concept will be modern and urban, representative of a large city like Omaha, Denver or Chicago.   

"I'm really ready to create something new, something to challenge everybody's senses again.   And really prove again what Rapid City is capable of and what they're ready for.   It's kind of like what Steve Jobs says, you gotta know what people want before they want it," said Demaro. 

Demaro said the new concept is female-driven.  It includes a coal-fired kitchen upstairs and a vintage video game room downstairs.

It's expected to be open for business by the summer of 2014.

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