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Dermot Bannon opens up about money woes following home renovation



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Dermot Bannon has opened up about ‘running out of money’ following extensive renovations to his family home last year.

Our favourite architect welcomed the Room to Improve cameras into his home to showcase his own stunning house transformation.

Due to the current global circumstances, Room to Improve sadly will not return to our screens this year.



a man wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: Dermot Bannon has opened up about running out of money after his home renovations. Pic: Sasko Lazarov/ Photocall Ireland


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However, Dermot Bannon fans will still be able to get their fix as the architect returns with a new series of Incredible Homes this weekend.

Dermot has now revealed that he is dying to get back to work as he has run out of money following his home renovations.

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Downtown’s historic Hotel Paso del Norte opens after long-delayed renovation

After more than three years of a sometimes troubled, multimillion-dollar renovation, the 107-year-old Hotel Paso del Norte has opened.

Hotel Paso del Norte General Manager talks about the historic hotel’s renovation

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The 351-room, Marriott Autograph Collection hotel had been scheduled to reopen in 2018, but the project was delayed by construction problems and COVID-19 business restrictions.

The hotel opened at 11 a.m., Oct. 8.  A ribbon-cutting event is scheduled Oct. 15 at the hotel, located at South El Paso Street and San Antonio Avenue in Downtown.

“Once in a great while, you happen upon a place that captures time and everything that is good about life. That’s the feeling people (will) experience” at the hotel, Carlos Sarmiento, the hotel general manager, said in a statement.



a traffic light with a building in the background: The dome bar at the Hotel Paso del Norte retained the historic charm with updated, more modern decor.


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The dome bar at the Hotel Paso del Norte retained the historic charm

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Pizza Bar restaurant opens new location in Miami Beach FL

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Guess who’s coming to West Avenue?

Pizza Bar, which opened its first location next to the Loews Miami Beach and Ritz Carlton South Beach in 2009, has opened a new location, right next to Bodega Taqueria y Tequila.

The menu at the new spot, which boasts a rustic but modern vibe, isn’t exactly the same as the menu at the Collins Avenue restaurant, which says it sells the biggest slice on South Beach.

At the new restaurant, it’s not so much about the slices. You can order the 30-inch pizzas with your favorite toppings or try a special pizza like the Proscuitto, with garlic sauce, mozzarella, truffle oil, Proscuitto, arugula, grated Parmesan and basil.

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The interior of the new Pizza Bar in South Beach. Pizza Bar & Lalani Productions

But you won’t get bored, because there are new items, too, including a Sicilian pie that’s

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College football odds, lines, schedule for Week 7: Alabama opens as favorite over Georgia at home

It is never too early to take a look at the lines for next week’s action, and the William Hill Sportsbook has released them for Week 7 action already. That includes the huge SEC showdown between SEC teams as No. 2 Alabama hosts No. 3 Georgia in Tuscaloosa next Saturday night on CBS.

While that’s going to be a great game between the only remaining undefeated teams in the SEC, it’s also the only game between ranked teams in Week 7. Though, I suppose if we’re only going to get one matchup between ranked teams, we might as well make it a couple of top-three sides.

There are some other games worth keeping an eye on, though. Particularly as some teams look to bounce back from a rough weekend, while other upstarts look to prove their worth. Let’s take a look at some of the bigger games for the weekend.

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City of Port St. Lucie opens COVID-19 grant application for residential home repair

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — The City of Port St. Lucie has opened applications for its COVID-19 Emergency Repair Grant Program.

The program, which will be administered in partnership with St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity, may provide up to 10,000 in home repair assistance to qualifying Port St. Lucie residents who have suffered hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re proud to partner with St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity to provide relief to Port St. Lucie residents during this difficult time,” said City Manager Russ Blackburn. “We hope that these small-dollar awards can help our community build resilience and preserve homeownership.”

Approximately 20 to 35 grants will be available depending on the types of repairs, from a total of $270,00 in money received through the state’s Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) administered by the Florida Housing Coalition.

“Having provided critical home repairs for 69 homeowners in need of assistance over the

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Retailer Opens New Store in the Capital

Home Improvement retailer Wickes has opened a brand new store in Cardiff. The national brand closed its Cardiff West shop as part of its estate transformation strategy; relocating the operation to Dragon Retail Park, Newport Road, (opposite Morrisons). The store is open Monday to Saturday 7am – 6pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm.

New store, new offering 

The 30,000 square foot unit supports Wickes’ distinctive service model and new store format, with clear areas that cater for DIYers, small trade and those consumers looking for support on larger transformational home improvement projects. The new Cardiff store also marks a milestone for the retailer, as 60% of its stores nationwide are now in this new customer friendly format.

The quick, simple and easy to shop layout features a wide range of products and includes a Dulux in-store mixing service and a new outdoor project centre. A 5,000 square foot purpose built

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Applications for V&A Waterfront kitchen incubator opens –

The V&A Waterfront’s, Makers Landing, a development created by the V&A Waterfront in partnership with the National Treasury’s Job Fund has opened applications for its Food Lab incubation programme. 

Applications close on 23 October 2020

 Westleigh Wilkinson, Makers Landing Project Lead provides insight into the aims of the programme and Makers Landing. 

“We have developed a value-driven approach for Makers Landing. Our plan is to immerse our entrepreneurs in an inclusive and innovative space, where they will be nurtured by food industry mentors who are influential and successful in their own right. By matching natural creativity and passion for food with knowledge and new skills gained, our entrepreneurs will be better prepared for success in what is a tough and competitive industry.” 

The incubation programme 

The programme will offer opportunities to qualified business startups and existing small food businesses that can show that they will benefit significantly from affordable

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DC Basement Remodeling Company Opens New Location In Washington, DC – Press Release

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Monumental Contractors, a basement remodeling company, recently opened a new location in Washington, DC, where they will provide detailed workmanship to carry out their client’s vision.

Washington, DC – September 8, 2020 – Monumental Contractors, a Washington DC basement remodeling company, recently opened a new location in Washington, DC, where they will provide detailed workmanship to carry out their client’s basement remodeling vision. Basement remodeling aims to improve the functionality and aesthetic of a client’s home by transforming unfinished space.

The basement remodeling company also specializes in remodeling other living spaces in homes, such as kitchens and bathrooms. Monumental Contractor’s goal is to ease the stress of a client who might find remodeling a space to be overwhelming and completes projects both in a timely manner and within the specified budget. In addition, Monumental Contractors are skilled in restoring homes from

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