Starbucks to invade the North

Read in today’s Belfast Telegraph that Starbucks will be invading Ireland this year, including the North. There goes the neighbourhood.

When I first arrived at Belfast in 1994, there was no trendy teahouses, just the staid Bewleys and anonymous greasy-spoon style cafeterias. Then the explosion, where places to sip a cuppa must be approaching the number of more traditional watering holes (at least in urban Belfast).

Let me tell you, Starbucks is not a bastion of civilisation. These ubiquitous refreshment facilities (I would hardly call them ‘restaurants’) will only further homogenise our monotonous bourgeois lifestyles (cries the cynic).

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