Iconic coffee kiosk closes after 38 years

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Dublin City must sadly bid farewell to one of its local icons – a quaint coffee kiosk in the city centre has been forced to close after 38 years in business.

The Kiosk, which sits on a traffic island at the Leeson Street and Adelaide Road junction, has had a notice placed on its window informing customers of its closure.

The note, posted by owner Ned McCarthy, simply reads: “Sadly the kiosk has had to close. I wish to thank everyone for their custom and friendship over the past 38 years. Good luck to you all for the future.”

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The notice left for customers of the iconic coffee kiosk

McCarthy was forced to close the café, in part as a result of declining business in recent years.

The quirky little building was originally built in 1929 as a water pressure station and public toilets before being converted into a small café in 1979.

For 38 years, it served coffee to people rushing to work needing a quick wake-up or those just passing through curious about the little red-brick building.

However, the Kiosk’s awkward location on a busy junction with no stop-off point meant that it struggled to have a huge impact and visibility as a coffee outlet, only being able to cater for pedestrians.

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The kiosk located on a traffic island on Dublin’s Leeson Street

As Starbucks and other large coffee outlets opened in the surrounding area in recent times, the kiosk faced huge competition from multinational organisations.

This is often the harsh reality that small businesses face against dominant market competitors, wherein their only option is to close shop due to dwindling business.

However, despite the untimely closure of the Kiosk, the building still remains as a piece of inner-city history for nostalgia lovers and the coffee-loving locals and regulars who won’t forget the Kiosk’s charm anytime soon.

By: Killian Dowling

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