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Bewley's on Dublin's Grafton Street closes permanently

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The iconic Bewley’s Cafe in Dublin’s Grafton Street

The iconic Bewley’s Cafe in Dublin’s Grafton Street

The iconic Bewley’s Cafe in Dublin’s Grafton Street

One of Dublin's most iconic cafes, Bewley's, is set to close permanently.

The famous Grafton Street coffee shop had been closed on a temporary basis since mid-March due to the coronavirus emergency.

The 100-plus staff have been told that the business, whose prime retail location comes with a hefty rental cost, is now unlikely to be able to reopen.

One of the best-known cafes in the city and famous for its stained glass windows by artist Harry Clarke, Bewley's was first opened in 1927.

A statement from the owners said: "The management of the Bewley's Cafe on Grafton Street has written to staff to inform them that it is with deep regret and great sadness that it is likely to be necessary to permanently close the cafe over the coming weeks," it read.

"The proposed closure would result in the loss of all jobs in the cafe."

Belfast Telegraph