The new Irish-themed restaurant at St. James Place and Church Hill Road is decked out with rich detail

How the Dame Owners Decorated Their New Restaurant, Lord’s Tavern — And What to Expect From the Rest

To mark the arrival of its second year of business, the restaurant at St. James Place and Church Hill Road in Dublin’s historic St. James neighborhood is decked out with rich detail courtesy of Dame owner Michelle Carver. It’s a fitting touch for the new restaurant, as Carver, who has been recognized by the Irish Times as Ireland’s “Best of Dublin” with a “Golden List” designation, is a true Dubliner — her family arrived on the scene in 1834.

A close look reveals three different types of Irish art on the walls of the restaurant, including depictions of Ireland’s patron saint, St. James. One wall in particular is covered in hand-drawn cartoons, which Carver took inspiration for.

She also did a lot of the decorating herself.

“We had an opening event, and that was also to announce that we were opening a second restaurant, and to give us time to decorate before we opened,” Carver said. “I had been reading about different restaurants in America and on social media, and [how] they were very fancy looking. So I thought, ‘My family always came from Ireland, so you know my history. I can do something that is a little bit Irish.’”

The new Irish-themed restaurant serves up traditional Irish fare with modern flair.

The new Irish-themed restaurant serves up traditional Irish fare with modern flair.

Carver worked hard to not only recreate the decor and furnishings of the St. James restaurant — which features exposed brick walls made of local limestone that look like they’ve been there for centuries — but also to update the menu’s offerings to make sure they reflect the modern era.

“I wanted to be true to my family’s history, and what I found was that we were going to have to put modern elements into our menu and make sure that we are not stuck in the past,” Carver said. “Instead I want everything to be completely contemporary, and in a modern light.”

A look behind one of the St. James Place doors of Lord’s Tavern reveals a glimpse

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