“It is with deep regret and sadness that we announce the proposed closure of the Bewley’s Café on Grafton street,” it reads. “We would like to sincerely thank all of our café staff for their loyalty and dedication and of course our customers who have shared many special memories with us over the decades.”
The closure of the iconic Dublin landmark has been blamed on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy. It also means that 110 jobs will be lost.
At the beginning of the lockdown back in March, Bewley’s announced on its website that “it is likely to be necessary to permanently close the café over the coming weeks”. The management team has consulted about this over the past few weeks until it the permanent closure was announced on Thursday. The last day the café was open to the public was on March 16th.
The café opened on Grafton Street in 1927 and is probably the best-known café in Dublin. Hundreds of people shared their favourite memories of the café on social media.