It has been revealed that developer Johnny Ronan gave Bewley's the option of buying the building that housed its now closed café on Dublin's Grafton Street.
It was revealed last week that Ronan Group Real Estate (RGRE) Grafton Ltd had taken High Court action against Bewley's over alleged unpaid rent for the now closed Grafton Street café, and it was subsequently revealed on Monday July 13 that RGRE and Bewley's have agreed to go to mediation on July 20.
As reported by The Irish Times, an affidavit by RGRE chief executive Rory Williams that was opened by the High Court has now revealed that Ronan gave Bewley's the options to buy the building that housed the café or allow a new operator to trade on the premises under the Bewley's name.
These options were presented in an e-mail to Bewley's owner Patrick Campbell on May 12.
A Bewley's spokesperson declined to comment on the e-mail's content, but stated that Bewley's is looking forward to starting the mediation process with RGRE.
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