Northside tale: The Woollen Mills on Dublin's quays
41-42 Lower Ormonde Quay, Dublin 1. Tel. (01) 828 0835
There are shop fronts that become icons, simply by virtue of being there for many years.
The Woollen Mills on Dublin's quays is a case in point. When I first came to Dublin as a teenager it was already there, just where the Ha'penny Bridge hits the north side of the river. I used to walk the length of Bachelor's Walk when it was stuffed with auction houses, looking for bargains, and the Woollen Mills marked the end of my auction house searches.
A shop front as iconic as this isn't going to disappear, nor indeed will the name. The guys who brought you The Winding Stair have taken over the building and it's still called The Woollen Mills. With The Winding Stair looking after the food, you can't help but feel a little optimistic when you go there to eat - for years now it's been one of Dublin centre's better restaurants.