The iconic café in the centre of Grafton Street will close its doors today for the first time in nearly 90 years, as the planned redevelopments start.
Despite its one million customers a year, the café is said to be losing €1.2 million a year, according to the Irish Times. Plans for refurbishments were lodged to Dublin City Council recently.
Despite protests over the closure, Bewley's will remain closed for at least six months as drastic changes are made to the interiors, which will cost over €1 million.
When it reopens the staff will be reduced from 140 to 70, as it will operate on the ground floor only. The seating capacity will be reduced from 400 to roughly 160. The menu will also be simplified as no more hot meals will be served.
Bewley's is expected to reopen, with reduced opening hours, in autumn.