Bewley’s Grafton Street to re-open for coffee and bakery on 27 August or earlier

Bewley's has supported Ireland's Biggest Coffee Morning since it was first held in 1992
The iconic Bewley's on Grafton Street will re-open on a phased basis with coffee and bakery only on 27 August or earlier if possible

Landlord Ronan Group Real Estate had said it must be provided with a date for reopening the cafe, before agreeing to withdraw legal proceedings in relation to the arrears

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4 August 2020 | 0

The team at Bewley’s Café Grafton Street were told last Thursday that the iconic refuge for coffee lovers in the heart of Dublin will re-open on a phased basis with coffee and bakery only on 27 August or earlier if possible. A wider café offering will follow after that date.

Bewley’s said it was delighted to confirm to the team who showed such great support for the business, that the new roster will be filled by experienced hands from amongst the original team.

“We’re conscious of the role that Bewley’s plays in the hearts of visitors and Dubliners and we’re delighted once again to play our part in bringing Dublin’s city centre back to life,” Col Campbell of Bewley’s said. 

“We’re thrilled that the team who made Bewley’s such a wonderful place, will once again bring the Bewley’s experience alive with customers, albeit on a phased basis initially,” he added.

“Further areas of the café will be opened in the weeks ahead in line with customer demand. We have no further details to share now but full details will be unveiled in the coming weeks and we are delighted to share this good news about the future of the café with the team and with Bewley’s lovers alike.”

The Irish Times reports Bewley’s has agreed to pay more than €749,000 in rent arrears and interest costs to the landlord of its cafe on Grafton Street.

Ronan Group Real Estate, which is controlled by property developer Johnny Ronan, had said it must be provided with a date for reopening the cafe, before agreeing to withdraw legal proceedings in relation to the arrears.

Bewley’s has agreed to pay arrears of €732,000 and interest of € 17,422 to RGRE by 31 July. It has also agreed to pay RGRE’s legal costs although a sum has not yet been agreed by the two parties.

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