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Cork Cafés Follow Dublin In Protest Against Starbucks Expansion

Published on Sep 13 2017 1:17 PM in Restaurant tagged: Starbucks / Cork City Council / Rebecca Harte / Farmgate Café / Electric bar and restaurant / The Rocket Man salad and juice bar

Cork Cafés Follow Dublin In Protest Against Starbucks Expansion

Following on from the actions of a number of independent cafés in Dublin last week, several coffee shops in Cork yesterday (12 September) decided to hand out free beverages in protest against the proliferation of Starbucks outlets.

Rebecca Harte of Cork city's Farmgate café spearheaded the event, according The Irish Times, after the demonstration in Dublin, which saw a collective of cafés offering customers free coffee to protest the opening of a new Starbucks on the capital's Crampton Quay, "struck a chord" with her.

Harte asserted: "It was nice to respond to the cafés in Dublin doing it. We have three Starbucks cafés in the space of about three-minutes walking distance in the city. It gives the opportunity to refocus on small, independent businesses and cafés."

Other local establishments that participated in the protest included the Electric bar & restaurant on Cork's South Mall and The Rocket Man salad & juice bar on Princes Street.

 

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