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Bewley's is back... as a Starbucks and a TGI's

THE former Bewley's cafe premises on Westmoreland Street is to reopen as a Starbucks and TGI Friday's within weeks, it was revealed today.

The two multinationals will be operating out of the famous address where coffee was served for more than a century.

It is expected the ground-floor premises in Dublin 2 will reopen by late May or early June, having been unoccupied since 2005.

The move is being seen by Dublin City Council as a positive development for the street, which has come in for criticism over its garish shopfronts.


In June last year the buildingwas bought by hotel operators the Windward Group, which has run the upper floors as the Fleet Street Hotel since November.

The ground floor has been leased out and is to be opened as a Starbucks and a TGI Friday's outlet. Famous stained glass windows from the building were previously removed and are in safe storage.

One of the works, thought to date back to the late 19th century, is owned by the Bewley family and will not be reinstalled.

It is the work of Joshua Clarke, the father of Harry Clarke who made the stained-glass windows in Bewley's on Grafton Street.

It is believed that TGI Friday's will have its main access from a side door on Fleet Street.

Brothers Colum and Ciaran Butler, who run the chain in Ireland, already operate four other restaurants -- at St Stephen's Green, Dundrum, Blanchardstown and Airside.