Bewley’s Cafe on Grafton Street closed its doors this afternoon for at least six months as the building prepares to undergo extensive renovations.
The Dublin cafe which opened in 1927 will be refurbished in a build which is expected to cost €1m.
The revamp will cut the cafe’s capacity by half and redefine the cafe’s place on the city’s most popular tourist street.
Over 140 of the cafe’s staff were today made redundant. The company plans to hire 70 people when the cafe reopens in the autumn.
A statement released by the company in January read: “We are planning this programme to sustain Bewley’s Café’s continuing presence on Grafton Street, and to create related jobs in the future.
"The Café must be brought to a sustainable financial position where it can achieve viability at a market rent.
“We are confident that this proposed development will ensure the sustainability of Bewley’s Grafton Street and the provision of future employment by the Café on its reopening later in 2015.”
The cafe did not serve breakfast this morning, but instead offered its usual array of pastries and coffee to its customers.
Bewley’s customers took to social media to express their sadness at the temporary closure.