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Simon’s Place café announces change in ownership

The imminent new chapter in the life of the beloved café, Simon’s Place, has officially been announced. This renowned and well-loved café, situated in the heart of Dublin, has been a popular lunchtime stop for over 25 years, particularly famous for its cinnamon buns and reasonably priced espresso. As the café’s owner Simon retires, a new proprietor will take the helm, a development confirmed recently.

A change in ownership for a beloved city-centre café
The café, nestled in George’s Street Arcade, was first established over a quarter of a century ago. Simon, the long-standing owner, has decided to retire, prompting the change in ownership. The team took to Instagram to announce the news, stating, “Our business is starting a new chapter with a change in ownership.” They continued, “We’re immensely grateful for your unwavering support throughout this incredible journey, as Simon steps into his well-deserved retirement.”

The café’s team wished the incoming management an excellent year ahead. The final day of trading under the current ownership was also announced.

Customers and former employees express their sadness on social media
The news of the transition was met with a wave of nostalgia from former employees and customers who took to social media to express their sadness. Many fondly recalled the café as a no-frills, comforting space in Dublin. One commenter wrote, “The most grounding place in all of Dublin. A cinnamon bun and friendly staff are all you need to get back on track if you’re feeling off.” Another shared, “My first job in Ireland, and the first place I felt at home. I truly value your contribution to my early days here. Wishing you all the best in this new phase.”

A slew of customers, shocked by the news, expressed their disappointment in the comments section, with one terming the transition as the “end of an era.” The family-run business has been operational for nearly two decades. The first twelve years were spent in Claregalway, with the last eight years in Knockdoe. The team announced, “We at the Abbey Restaurant Knockdoe have had to make the extremely difficult decision to cease trading at the premises of Lydon’s of Knockdoe on December 22, 2023,” they shared on social media, “We express our sincere regret.” Stay connected for more updates on this and other news.


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