In the early 20th Century, Café en Seine housed a wide range of businesses including a clerical club, a doctor’s surgery, an automobile showroom, a piano warehouse and showroom and a bicycle shop. Among the office residents of Café en Seine were Insurance Companies, Banks, Accountants practices, Estate Agents and Solicitors Offices. Even the Irish Government housed its revenue and passport department in here. Seven years later, structural problems required extensive remedial work but Liam O’Dwyer decided that rather than merely repairing the existing Café he would effectively start from scratch and expand to include both 39 and 40 Dawson Street. The project took eighteen months and Café en Seine, in its current form, opened for business in December 2001. Café en Seine is currently operated by Splash Hospitality under the direction of Ray Byrne, owner of Wineport Lodge and operator of The Ice House, Ballina.
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