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Friday 24 January 2020

Knobs and Knockers cafe plan 'terrible pity for city'

Councillor Mannix Flynn was sad to see the shop go
Councillor Mannix Flynn was sad to see the shop go

Prposals to turn the former site of the landmark Knobs and Knockers shop on Nassau Street into a cafe are being described as a "terrible pity" for the city.

Last month, Ternary Limited filed a planning application to redevelop the Georgian structures at numbers 17, 18 and 19, located on Nassau Street and Frederick Street South.

The proposed reconfiguration will provide two commercial units on the site's ground floor for retail/cafe and office use.

An architect's impression of the buildings depicts the former Knobs and Knockers as Nassau Street Coffee, while no 17 has been renamed Nassau Street Brasserie. Independent councillor Mannix Flynn told the Herald there was an over-saturation of coffee shops in Dublin city centre.

"The former Knobs and Knockers was a very iconic and unique business and it was very sad to see it go," he said.

Charm

"I fear that yet another cafe in our city will simply rob Dublin of its charm.

"It's a terrible pity, but let's just hope that it won't be another Starbucks."

However, not everyone is against the proposal.

Independent councillor Christy Burke said any new business that creates jobs can only be a good thing.

"You can never find a decent cafe in the city so of course I'd welcome it, particularly if it's independent and unique," he said.

"We need to support our small businesses so bring it on."

Former Dublin lord mayor Nial Ring welcomed the move.

"During recession time, the first thing to go is coffee shops," he said.

"But if it's done right I'm sure it could be a very nice feature for the city."

The planning application said the proposed works will safeguard and prolong the life of the buildings.

"All proposed works have been subject to expert conservation assessment and will be carried out by expert conservation specialists," it said.

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