Dublin heavy metal fans will be delighted this morning as Fibber MaGees have announced they are delaying their planned change in format. The iconic pub was undergoing renovations to re-launch this Friday as The Grand Ole Fibbers, a country and western themed bar that was hoping to cash in on the near half a million customers making their way to the big smoke for Garth Brooks in Croke Park this month.
In a statement released this morning, Fibber MaGees announced their decision is ‘regrettable’, but they don’t want to risk alienating one customer base before ensuring there’s another to pick up the pieces…again.
This isn’t the first time Fibbers have dropped heavy metal in favour other musical flavours. In the past they’ve tried 90’s foam parties and laser discos, Alternative Malaysian symphonic movement stag parties, reggae and jungle beat mash up shot / wet t-shirt competitions and the Fibber MaGees Dusty Springfield Appreciation Centre and Grill. All have failed with Fibbers quickly returning to the one group that never truly abandoned them – metal heads. However, this change has been suggested as more exciting amongst regular patrons than previous attempts at change.
“Management have not been blind to the changes in the people drinking here on the weekends”, notes this mornings Facebook post. “There’s been more and more lads and ladies dressed in double denim that we realized they’re no longer interested in metal – they want country and we’re going to deliver.”
According to a statement on their Facebook page, Fibber’s will remain untouched until the Dublin Council make a final decision on the Garth Brooks shows. They’ve also re-hired former manager, David Lawlor, to head up the refurbishment and strategic customer re-focus. David has already commissioned a new promo video to show the pub’s new C&W atmosphere, wallpaper and, indeed, the wall to wall double denim.