Life, art and the return of Bewley's: café owner prepares to reopen doors on August 27 –

Speaking for the first time about his high-profile dispute with developer Johnny Ronan over the €1.5m-a-year rent for the iconic Bewley’s cafe on Grafton Street, the cafe’s owner Paddy Campbell said it wasn’t “personal” but “very much about business”.

ampbell was back in Ireland this weekend – after winning one of Italy’s most prestigious cultural prizes for a stunning nine-metre bronze sculpture, Life and Death, in the main piazza of the town of Vicchio, near Florence.

As Bewley’s cafe prepares to reopen its doors on August 27, Campbell said there is a lot of expectation from people, shocked at the thought that it might close for good. “I hope that it will bring life back into the city, it is an iconic part of Dublin so hopefully it will stimulate the city centre,” he said.

Asked about his involvement in the day-to-day running of the business, the colourful 77-year-old artist and businessman

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