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Wednesday 29 March 2017

Grafton Street Bewley's to reopen in February or March

Bewley's Cafe on Grafton St
Bewley's Cafe on Grafton St
Gavin McLoughlin

Gavin McLoughlin

The iconic Bewley's cafe on Grafton St will reopen in February or March - around six months later than originally planned - after restoration work is completed.

The cafe was closed in February as it sought to focus on its ground-floor offering and reduce losses.

Chief executive John Cahill told The Irish Times that the delay was due to the sensitive nature of the work and a decision to broaden the work's scope.

Newly filed accounts show the company behind the cafe lost €3.9m last year before tax, compared to a pre-tax profit of €2.7m in 2013. The swing was due to exceptional costs relating to its lease on the Grafton St premises.

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