Bewley's cafe on Grafton Street to reopen in August

Bewley's cafe has been shut since March 16th when restrictions were imposed to contain the spread of coronavirus. Photo: Bewley's

Bewley’s has announced it will reopen its cafe on Dublin's Grafton Street on a phased basis from August 27th.

It will serve coffee and baked goods only at first with a wider offering to follow.

Bewley's managing director, Col Campbell, said: “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.

"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. Further areas of the café will be opened in the weeks ahead in line with customer demand.

"Full details will be unveiled in the coming weeks and this evening we are delighted to share this good news about the future of the café with the team and with Bewley’s lovers alike.”

Bewley's is arguably Dublin’s most famous coffee shop, dating back to 1927.

The cafe has been shut since March 16th when restrictions were imposed to contain the spread of coronavirus.

In May, the company announced plans to close the café permanently, citing the impact of the pandemic on trading and its €1.5 million annual rent, which accounts for about 30 per cent of annual sales.

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