Bewley’s Café, a historic landmark on Dublin’s Grafton Street has announced permanent closure, resulting in loss of over 100 jobs, RTÉ News reports. The café, which is considered an iconic location by locals and tourists alike, has been open in 1927 and represents as a Dublin landmark.
The café has recently undergone a multi-million refurbishment in 2017 that lasted for three years. However, the owners of the Café have sadly confirmed that the iconic café will be closing permanently in the coming weeks.
In an email sent to the staff of the café and obtained by RTÉ News, management said: “it was with deep regret and great sadness that it is likely to be necessary to permanently close over the coming weeks”.
“We would like to sincerely thank all of the staff who work in the business for their loyalty and dedication which has made Bewley’s Café on Grafton Street a landmark, iconic and memorable place to visit.
“We would also like to thank our loyal customers over the decades.”
The lack of business over the past two months resulting from the temporary government-enforced shutdown due to the raging Coronavirus pandemic means that the owners cannot afford the annual lease on the building, which amounts to €1.5 million.