Monday 18 December 2017

Happy Pear twins serve up plans for new Dublin cafe

Happy Pear duo
Happy Pear duo

Chai Brady

A new wave of vegan food will be introduced to the capital as the Happy Pear twins announced their first outlet in Dublin.

The authors of last year's Irish Cookbook of the Year, brothers David and Stephen Flynn are bringing a cafe and food shop to the new Round Tower Centre in Clondalkin.

The new Happy Pear store will become the company's flagship operation.

The premises will open this summer and will include a terraced dining area and a public garden, as well as an exhibition and gallery space.

Dave, left and Stephen Flynn inside their cafe and restaurant in Greystones, The Happy Pear
Dave, left and Stephen Flynn inside their cafe and restaurant in Greystones, The Happy Pear

More than 20 part-time and full-time jobs are expected to be created. The new location will seat 60, and will have breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.

"We're really looking forward to making healthy food even more accessible in South Dublin County and to making a positive impact on the local community and economy, by providing exciting new employment opportunities," they said.

The brothers will also serve up free bowls of porridge to customers each morning.

"We can't wait to open the doors and meet everyone from the community, and of course, breakfast is on us - we'll continue our long-standing tradition of providing free, organic porridge every morning in the new cafe."

The Flynn brothers have written two cookbooks which were on the Irish bestsellers lists in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

They have sold more than 100,000 copies so far.

The twins are hugely popular on social media, with more than 120,000 followers on Instagram.

They launched the business in 2004, having spent some time travelling. First came the shop, then their cafe, followed by the farm, the product range and the roastery.

With the permission of South Dublin County Council, the Happy Pear will also be the operator of the Round Tower Visitor Centre.

The council said they were "delighted" with the agreement.

"We are very much looking forward to collaborating with Stephen and David Flynn on this new flagship development," said head of enterprise Colm Ward.

"We are confident that their expertise and reputation will ensure a first-class dining and visitor experience for our customers."

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