The Yellow Lemon Cafe on High Street/Upper Denmark Street has closed
THERE is sadness this week at the closure of a landmark cafe on Limerick’s High Street, close to the Milk Market.
The shutters have fallen on the Yellow Lemon cafe, over what has been described as “rising costs and declining footfall in the area”.
Neighbouring business, Mother Macs pub tweeted a picture, describing it as "a sad sight”.
A sad sight on high st this morning. The Yellow Lemon has shut its doors, according to our friends and operators they could not remain open due to rising costs and declining footfall in the area @nigeldugdale @LimerickCouncil @Nick468official @Limerick_Leader @limerickpost pic.twitter.com/sD8CMGIdzD— Mothermacs (@mothermacspub) November 14, 2018
The closure sparked a discussion on Twitter about the future of retail in that part of the city centre.
Mayor James Collins said: “Very disappointing news. The Yellow Lemon has been a landmark business in the area for a while, really sorry to see it go. Limerick has a rates rebate scheme to support for SME and hospitality businesses but not all SME’s and hospitality business apply for it.”
Another person tweeted: “Hard working, family run business that offered good food and reasonably priced. They’ve been working seven days a week and catering for private functions for the community. Always had a smile and a welcome. A big loss to the area.”
But former Munster player Duncan Casey said he was surprised to hear of a decline in footfall around the Milk Market area, also asking how the Market Quarter rebranding, set up last year, is progressing.
The owners of the Yellow Lemon cafe have been approached for comment.