A number of popular eateries on Dawson Street have been forced to shut their doors as the building they’re housed in is earmarked for demolition.
Hibernian House, Hibernian Corner and Nassau House are all impacted as part of the plans. They housed a number of restaurants, retail units and offices.
The trio of buildings, set right at the corner of Nassau Street and Dawson Street, will be demolished and redeveloped into offices and commercial units in a €58 million revamp.
Two eateries – Sprout and Mooch – have closed their doors, with Spar and Flying Tiger also expected to shutter. All three were popular with Trinity students, tourists and office workers in the locality.
One of the businesses, Mooch Frozen Yogurt, posted on Instagram thanking loyal customers and staff at their Dawson Street location, with their next-door neighbours Sprout echoing the sentiment.
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Mooch Dawson closes today due to our building being demolished 😭 we want to thank all of our loyal customers for 4 great years. We are VERY close to announcing our next city centre location so stay tuned 🤗 #mooch #frozenyogurt #froyo #newbeginnings #beststaffever #bestcustomersever #onwardsandupwards
An application for the works was lodged in March 2017 by real estate investment and management firm Meyer Bergman, with permission being granted, with conditions, for the demolition and redevelopment last July.
Marcus Meijer, chief executive of Meyer Bergman, said: “Retailers are struggling to find stores in downtown Dublin with enough space for their new formats, so we aim to reposition these properties through extensions, re-development and refurbishment.
“We are actively looking for more opportunities like these to invest in this area.”
Works are expected to begin in the coming months on the demolition of the 1970s buildings to make way for the new space.
Graeme McQueen, of Dublin Chamber, told Dublin Gazette that while it’s sad the existing businesses have been forced out, the new chapter awaiting Dawson Street is going to be a good thing in the long term.
McQueen said: “It’s always a shame to see businesses having to close in these cases. It’s a particular shame to see the likes of Mooch and Sprout closing down, as they were hugely popular with both students and workers in the area.
“Hopefully, all of those stores will be able to find new premises in the local area.
“The redevelopment of the buildings at the northern end of Dawson Street is exciting for the area.
“Dawson Street has seen a huge amount of redevelopment work over the past few years, with several buildings having now been knocked down and rebuilt and also the Luas Cross City works. This can only be a good thing for the area in the long-term.”
It’s the latest in a long line of renovations for the south side street, which has seen several developments and additions to the street in the past number of years in addition to the introduction of the Luas line.
In August, it was announced that plans had been lodged for a €35m 117-bedroom hotel on the street, and a redevelopment of the long-standing Royal Irish Automobile Club.