Friday 23 March 2018

Makeover for iconic coffee kiosk given green light

The kiosk in Ballsbridge was rented out to Silverskin coffee
The kiosk in Ballsbridge was rented out to Silverskin coffee

Gordon Deegan

One of the most expensive pieces of commercial property in Dublin - the iconic coffee kiosk at Ballsbridge - is about to get a makeover.

This follows Dublin City Council granting planning permission to the brothers behind the Starbucks franchise here to revamp the kiosk.

The tiny, hexagonal 4.15 sq m property has traded for decades at the triangular junction of Lansdowne, Pembroke and Northumberland roads. 

The kiosk has been a popular stop-off point for years for commuters for their morning fix of coffee as they walk to their nearby office. The kiosk was acquired by 'Starbucks brothers' Colum and Ciarán Butler for €330,000 last summer, making it one of the most expensive commercial properties in the city, at €81,458 a square metre.

The brothers acquired the franchise for Starbucks in Ireland in 2012, and their company, Entertainment Enterprises, also operates TGI Fridays franchise here.

The Butlers, through their Plassu Unlimited firm, lodged plans at the end of November to refurbish the kiosk which includes repairs to the existing plain roof tiles, refurbish the window frames and also the timber cladding.

The planner in the case, after reviewing the application, concluded that the proposed works are considered acceptable.

The city council has now granted planning permission subject to six planning conditions.

No objections were lodged against the proposal.

In 1989, the kiosk was bought for £132,000 by developer of the Square, Tallaght, Phil Monahan and was let to O'Brien's Sandwich Bar on a 25-year lease from 1996.

In 2015, a private investor bought the kiosk for €235,000, and let it on a short-term basis at an annual €15,000 rent to Silverskin coffee before making a tidy profit on the 2015 investment.

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