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Bewley's has operations in Ireland, the UK and the United States; in the Boston area under the Rebecca's Cafe name and in California as Java City, and it trades across Europe and internationally.
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The Bewley family were Quakers who originated in France and moved to Ireland in the 18th century. They entered the tea trade and in 1835 Charles Bewley landed 2,000 chests of tea shipped directly from China to Dublin. The Bewley family subsequently expanded into the coffee trade and in the late 19th century they opened cafes in South Great George's Street (1894) and Westmoreland Street (1896) in Dublin.
By 1999, the company operated more than twenty cafes in Ireland and a further six overseas.
Bewley's Grafton Street
The company also leases Bewley's of Grafton Street, a coffee and tea emporium. Opened in 1927, Bewley’s Grafton Street is a Dublin landmark.
Bewley’s Grafton Street closed in November 2004 for a brief period and reopened in May 2005 after refurbishment and restoration. Its lease was challenged by the landlord Ickendel Limited in 2007 after extensive works were carried out to the historic building without landlord consent. In 2007 the 'Mackerel' Seafood Restaurant on the first floor of the cafe was closed to accommodate demand for additional café seating.
Bewley’s Cafe on Grafton Street closed again for refurbishment in February 2015, with works that were expected to reduce the capacity of the cafe by half. By October of that year, Bewley's announced that the length of the closure was likely to extend to around a year.
The company entered the American market by acquiring the Rebecca's Cafe chain in the Boston, Massachusetts area in 1997. Bewley's further expanded to the west coast in 2000 with the purchase of the Java City. 
Bewley’s entered the UK market in 2011 following the acquisition of speciality coffee supplier, Darlington’s before acquiring Bolling Coffee in 2013 and UK foodservice distributor, Peros in 2015.
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