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Ranelagh institution Nick’s Coffee returns with plans for community space

Ranelagh institution Nick’s Coffee has returned to the South Dublin village with plans to give back to the community.

The cafe had been selling hot drinks from the kiosk opposite the Luas stop for 13 years before they moved out three months ago – which felt like an “eternity” to Nick.

The kiosk has since been demolished but now the famous hot drinks purveyor has moved a few doors up the street into a unit that has indoor space.

Owner Nick Seymour told Dublin Live he is delighted to be back selling coffees in Ranelagh after finding a new location and making alterations to it with his staff.

He said: “It is funny when you are open everyday except for Christmas Day for 13 years, three months seems like an eternity when you are closed.

“We had some hiccups because we are not builders, we run a coffee shop so there were a load of new challenges. The nice thing is now everyone is in their comfort zone doing what they are good at. It has been great and also what a week’s weather in the middle of the winter to reopen on as well.”

After 13 years serving the people of Ranelagh, Nick has gotten to know generations of South Dubliners and even seen them grow up.

He said: “The great thing now is we have people who were bumps in bellies when they came into the shop first and now they are teenagers with bad manners asking for hot chocolates. That is just wonderful.”

The new shop has been flying since reopening this week which surprised Nick.

He said: “Yeah, we have been blessed [with the reception we had]. I actually couldn’t believe it because we had been closed for so long. We have had great numbers back.

“The shop still isn’t quite finished yet but as soon as we had the coffee machines back working, we opened the hatch. We are just waiting for the ESB to give us a bit more power and then we can open the rest of the shop properly then.”



The former site of Nick's Coffee kiosk.
The former site of Nick’s Coffee kiosk.

Nick’s Coffee opened a pop-up coffee shop on Lower Clanbrassil street and another outlet on the Main Street of Wicklow Town.

The plans are to keep both locations open but Nick is cautious about spreading his enterprise too thin on the ground.

He said his intention was “never to set up a big chain” and has concerns about losing the connection with his customers because that is where the “compromises kick in”.

“We don’t want to get too big for our boots”, he added.

The new space will be made available to those in the community that want to use it, such as the Arts Centre which formerly occupied the unit Nick’s coffee shop is now in.

He said: “It is going to be very flexible. We are going to use it as a kind of creative space for the people of Ranelagh because there used to be an Arts centre.

“One of the jobs in the coffee shop is going to be an events manager. So, one week we have a girl with vintage clothing coming in with a pop-up shop and the week after that a programme from Concern where they run an art project.”

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