Coffee kiosk in Ballsbridge 'will be sorely missed' as lease runs out
The businessman who sold coffee from a well-known kiosk in Ballsbridge has said an emotional goodbye to the popular booth.
Brian Kenny had been renting the kiosk on Pembroke Road for nearly five years but his lease on the premises ran out last Friday.
He had been paying rent of €15,600 a year to sell coffee from the landmark building in leafy Dublin 4.
"The lease ran up and we got a marching order for March 31," Mr Kenny told RTE's Liveline yesterday.
"We were there for four years and 11 months, just one month short of being able to have a permanent tenancy lease."
Mr Kenny served his loyal customers for the last time on Friday, saying yesterday was the first Monday he did not open the kiosk in five years.
"Everybody knows it as the wardrobe at the end of the street. It was very emotional on Friday," he said.
Mr Kenny told host Joe Duffy that he knew everybody's orders off by heart.
"You'd nothing else to do but remember people and their orders. It will be sorely missed in the area. It's a really busy spot for a takeaway coffee," he added.
"As far as I know a large multinational is taking over, which doesn't make sense to me.
"I don't know if it will ever be a shop in the way it was. It will never be the same again.
"I'd say it's more for advertising because I can't see an employee for a large multinational selling coffee there to be honest."
Mr Kenny says he will now focus on his coffee bean roasting company.
"At least I can concentrate on that. It is sad. I don't know if an independent coffee shop will open in the area again because they'll probably need a concession store," he said.
"It was a unique time and a unique business."