PICTURES: Grafton Street landmark Bewley's café re-opens its doors

A second phase of the re-opening is scheduled for March 2018

PICTURES: Grafton Street landmark Bewley's café re-opens its doors

Image: Rebecca Shekleton

One of the country's most famous cafés has re-opened its doors.

Bewley's Grafton Street is welcoming back customers after a multi-million euro refurbishment.

Management say elements of the original café have been carefully restored - such as the Harry Clarke windows, the open fireplaces and the Egyptian-modified facades.

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The building has also been opened up to allow more natural light, along with new deign element like limestone and marble.

Seating throughout is table service, and customers can also enjoy coffee at a new Bar Italiano in the front café.

The re-opening is happening in two sections: November 2017 and March 2018.

The first phase, opening on Wednesday, sees the ground floor and mezzanine open to the public.

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Next year will see the remainder of the building of the building re-opened - which will be able to accommodate up to 500 customers.

Commenting on the project, Paddy Campbell of Bewley's said: "It's a dream come true that Bewley's Grafton Street is open again and that it's finally achieved that beauty that we've always aspired to.

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"And at a functional level, customers will experience a place that has been designed so that we can deliver great service and the best coffees and teas in town",

This was the first refurbishment of the building since 2005.

It is a listed building, which management say "required an extended period of time to allow all necessary work to be carried out to the highest standard".

Image: Rebecca Shekleton

Bewley’s is owned by the Campbell family, and has operations in the USA and UK.