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07th Oct 2022

Family-run Limerick cafe closes its doors after 60 years

Fiona Frawley

interior of bakehouse 22 cafe

There’s ‘widespread sadness’ in Limerick as the owners of Bakehouse 22, a well-known cafe in the heart of the city have announced their closure.

The cafe was always a popular spot with locals, but gained nationwide attention after appearing on RTÉ’s At Your Service with Francis and John Brennan.

After this, owners Mike and Sheelagh Tracey rebranded as Bakehouse 22 and gave the business a new lease of life, but rising costs have resulted in their decision to close.

Speaking to Live95’s Limerick Today, Mike spoke about breaking the news to his family and staff members.

“Just breaking the news first to my own brothers and sisters, two of my own kids, one of my kids was in tears, and then going in to meet the staff inside in work.

There was no right way of telling the staff only a wrong way but in fairness to our staff they have been so good with us – shocked – but every single last one of them turned around to us and said, ‘God what about ye guys?’ which was lovely but didn’t make it easier either at the same time,” he said.

On Facebook, the Tracey’s have said they’ve been “overwhelmed” with comments and support from customers, staff and family. They said that while the decision was difficult, it was “the right thing for us and our family”. They added that the Limerick cafe will remain open for the time being so if you’re in the area, pop in to say goodbye.

Header image via Instagram/bakehouse22

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