Bewley’s Grafton Street reopens its doors

Three generations of the Campbell family are involved in the business

Iconic landmark site opens today

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27 August 2020 | 0

Ireland’s much-loved café, Bewley’s Grafton St., reopened its doors today at 10am.

The iconic café has been part of the fabric of Grafton St. since 1927 and the running of Bewley’s Grafton St. is a true family affair with three generations of the Campbell family involved in the business.

Welcoming the opening, acclaimed artist and owner of Bewley’s Grafton St., Paddy Campbell, reflected on how it is important to keep what is authentic and original in our communities; a sentiment no doubt shared by many independent retailers.

“Like many of you, lockdown gave me a lot of time to think and reflect on what’s precious in this life,” Campbell said. “I’m 78 years old, born and bred in inner-city Dublin. I’ve lived through many recessions and recoveries and seen Ireland grow and change, for the good and for the not-so-good. And what emerged from my turmoil was the determination that this recovery from Covid should be culture and values led.

“I’m so proud of the contribution that our beloved Bewley’s Café has made to the life of our city and country – as a gathering place, a crucible for the arts, a second home. As an icon and a beacon,” Campbell continued.

“We’ve lost so much that was unique and authentic to our community and we are all poorer for it. This time, the economic story cannot be the sole focus as we rebuild ourselves. And so, we will pay the heavy price… to live our values, preserve our heritage, and keep this beautiful café open in the beating heart of Dublin. We look forward to welcoming our wonderful customers back through the doors from today.”

Coffee lovers will be able to once again relax and unwind in the familiar and comforting surroundings of the café which have been a haven for Dubliners and visitors to the city for many years. A creative hub for writers, musicians, poets and artists, many famous faces have passed through the doors including Bob Geldof who penned the hit song ‘Rat Trap’ for The Boomtown Rats in the café.

The team are all familiar faces from before the closure who have been rehired.

Bewley’s Grafton St. will initially open with table service and offer a limited menu which has been curated with the customer in mind. The menu will feature some of Bewley’s most beloved items including teas, coffees, delicious pastries, sticky buns, mouth-watering cakes and its famous cherry and almond buns.  

The café experience has been modified to allow for reduced capacity and social distancing. While the experience has had to be adapted, the team at Bewley’s say they can guarantee top class service and a friendly and warm welcome to everyone coming into the café.

Reservations can be made at the door of the café and the team looks forward to welcoming people back through the doors over the coming weeks.

For further information and opening times for the café, visit www.bewleys.com/ie/grafton-street-café/

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