Saturday 24 March 2018

'It will be sadly missed' - Popular Ballsbridge coffee kiosk closes after five years

The popular coffee kiosk on Pembroke Road, Dublin 4
The popular coffee kiosk on Pembroke Road, Dublin 4
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

The businessman behind the high-profile coffee kiosk in Ballsbridge said he was "very emotional" as today was the first Monday in five years that he hasn't opened the popular coffee shop.

Brian Kenny, who was renting the coffee kiosk from Silverskin Coffee Roasters on Pembroke Road, Dublin 4, was paying rent of €15,600 per anumto sell coffee.

Recently, Mr Kenny was told his lease was up and the kiosk was being sold to a multinational company for €250,000.

"The lease ran up and we got a marching order for March 31," Brian Kenny told RTÉ's Liveline.

"We were there for four years and 11 months, just one month short of being able to have a permanent tenancy lease."

Mr Kenny said he served his loyal customers their last coffee on Friday and that today is the first Monday he hasn't opened the kiosk in five years.

"Everybody knows it as the wardrobe at the end of the street. It was very emotional on Friday."

Mr Kenny told Joe Duffy that he knew everybody's orders off by heart.

"You'd nothing else to do but remember people and their orders. It will be sorely missed on the area. It's a really busy spot for a takeaway coffee."

He said a multinational company is moving in to the kiosk.

"As far as I know a large multinational is taking over which doesn't make sense to me.

"I don't know if will ever be a shop in the way it was. It will never be the same again. I'd say it's more for advertising because I can't see an employee for a large multinational selling coffee there to be honest."

Mr Kenny said he worked in coffee all his life and will now focus on his coffee bean roasting company.

"At least I can concentrate on that.

"It is sad. I don't know if an independent coffee shop will open in the area again because they'll probably need a concession store. It was a unique time and a unique business."

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