Sad news this morning that Foam Café and Gallery in Dublin's Italian Quarter has closed. A statement from the café blamed the current financial climate for the decision to close. You can read it in full here.
Since opening in 2011, Foam was known as one of the quirkiest cafés in Dublin, with its eccentric decor and unusual (and delicious) omelettes, like 'The Andy Warhol', with chorizo, emmental and pear. They also served up homemade cakes and a wide range of tea and coffee, as well as beer and wine.
Last September, Foam posted an article on their Facebook page from a Fianna Fáil senator advising people to keep their local coffee shop in mind amid a surge in Starbucks outlets. There are now 51 branches in the greater Dublin area.
When it comes to local coffee shops the message is use it or lose it. Dublin has some wonderful independent coffee houses, and it would be very sad to see more go this way. So go out today and support your local coffee shop. Unless you want to live in a world where a tall, non-fat, iced, decaf, caramel macchiato is your only option. We hope to see Foam's owners pop up again somewhere soon.