Wednesday 15 August 2018

'A dream come true' - Dublin's most iconic café Bewley's Grafton Street reopens its doors

Bewley's on Grafton Street Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
Bewley's on Grafton Street Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
Paddy and Cól Campbell of Bewley’s, pictured in the Bewley's on Grafton Street, one of Dublin’s most iconic and celebrated landmarks, reopened its doors today Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
Paddy and Veronica Campbell of Bewley’s, being served by Fabio in Bewley's on Grafton street Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
Independent.ie Business Desk

Independent.ie Business Desk

Former patrons of Bewley’s Grafton Street celebrated its long awaited return today as the iconic café opened its doors to customers again.

The much missed landmark - which had been a favourite barista for many nationwide - finally reopened after a multi-million-euro refurbishment.

However, the familiar features that distinguished the original café have been carefully restored: the Harry Clarke windows, the banquettes, the ten open fireplaces and the Egyptian-motifed façades on Grafton Street and Johnson’s Court.  

But the Dublin city building has now been opened up to allow more natural light, and new design elements throughout including both black Carlow oyster limestone and white Carrara marble. 

Bewley’s oldest customer Denis Shields (86yrs old) got to sit in his favourite seat of Bewley's on Grafton Street Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
Bewley’s oldest customer Denis Shields (86yrs old) got to sit in his favourite seat of Bewley's on Grafton Street Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
A waitress walks past the famous Harry Clarke windows in the Bewley's on Grafton Street Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
Paddy Campbell of Bewley’s Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Old customers favourites crafted by some of Europe’s finest patissiers and bakers such as the Sticky Buns can be seen alongside latest offerings such as Bewley’s Café Gourmand in a new open-concept bakery.

Paddy Campbell of Bewley’s said that it's "a dream come true" that Bewley’s Grafton Street is open again "and that it’s finally achieved the beauty that we’ve always aspired to".

"And at a functional level, customers will experience a place that has been designed so that we can deliver great service and the best coffees and teas in town," he said.

Mr Campbell grew up in inner-city Dublin and he said that Bewley’s Grafton Street has always had a very special place in his heart.

"There are customers who’ve been coming here for seventy years, such is our legacy.  And now there’s the opportunity to welcome younger generations to the wonders of the place.  We hope that it will make people proud.  Something unique in the character of Dublin has been missing and I’m thrilled it’s back," he said.

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