If you have been to Ireland, chances are you had a cup of tea or at least saw the historic Bewley’s Cafe on Grafton Street. Several years ago, this historic cafe closed. But, after looking at the Bewley’s corporate web site, I learned it re-opened in late 2006.
Read the annoucement:
A NEW BUZZ AT BEWLEY’S – THE RENAISSANCE OF DUBLIN’S ICONIC CAFÉ
Bewley’s on Grafton Street, Dublin’s iconic café, has been restored to its former glory and a new dynamism injected into one of the city’s most cherished landmarks.
Since it opened in 1927, Bewley’s has played a significant role in the literary, cultural and social life of Dublin, much in the tradition of the great Parisian cafes. Ireland’s oldest and most famous cafe has now been given a new lease of life under the stewardship of Jay Bourke and Eoin Foyle, the creative force behind some of the country’s most successful and innovative restaurants, bars and clubs.
The interior, originally designed in the style of an oriental tearoom has been painstakingly restored, including the renowned Harry Clarke stained glass windows and hand-painted silk wallpaper, but the business concept has been redesigned. So, as well as a café offering trademark freshly roasted coffee and sticky buns, Bewley’s now also houses two award winning restaurants – the seafood restaurant Mackerel and the Mediterranean style eatery Café Bar Deli – as well as a licensed bar with an unrivalled view of Grafton Street.
This landmark building in the heart of Dublin, long celebrated as a haunt for such writers as James Joyce, is a must-see for any visitor to the city. Serving the best in modern Irish cuisine in sumptuous surroundings, Bewley’s is a window both to Ireland’s past and its confident new future.