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It sounds grandiose to suggest that John Farrell, of Luna and 777 and other city restaurants, is the Dublin equivalent of New York’s Danny Meyer, the legendary figure whose Union Square Hospitality Group operates restaurants ranging from Shake Shack to Gramercy Tavern to The Modern. But what Meyer and Farrell share as restaurateurs is a particular, obsessive attention to detail. It’s that attention to detail that helps people to suspend reality when they are in Luna: everyone points out that it looks and feels like a restaurant in a Martin Scorsese movie, and that’s before they have the lardo toast, and the cote de boeuf, and before the dessert trolley arrives. Mr Farrell sells a beautiful dream because he has sweated the detail so much, and that is why everyone wants to have the big night out in Luna, even if it’s only Tuesday.

John Farrell
2-3 Drury Street, D2
+353 1 6799009

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