Review Post: Centra Frank and Honest in Temple Bar

Taking a break from my temporary blogging hiatus to write about my horrible experience at this establishment right across the street from the Ha’penny Bridge.

I walked in at around 3am on September 16th and was refused service. Couple of facts to note here:

1. Yes it was 3am. No I was not drunk

2. It was cold and rainy outside

3. I couldn’t get any cabs to stop, as is typical of Dublin at this hour

4. I figured I’d grab a bite until the rain died down

And so I walked into this establishment expecting they’d serve me food but boy was I wrong.

I walked up to the counter and asked if they sold burgers to which they replied no. I then pointed to a sandwich and asked if I could get that to which the staff replied, “it’s not fresh”.

Let’s pause here for a moment. What!?!? Now I’m guessing the Centra is what has the “kitchen” and the Frank and Honest just shares the space BUT walking into a place with Frank and Honest on the doorpost you’d think I could get a fresh sandwich in there right? If my understanding of this business model is correct then their shared retail space with this Centra is super bad for their reputation.

…ok so then I say, “ok so what do you have that’s fresh?”

To which the staff replies, “Nothing here is fresh, do you want to eat or not!?”

I guess at this point his fellow staff member was “upset” that I was holding up the line and began to yell at me, “Get out! We’re not serving you!!” And then they both turned their backs to me.

Now you can only imagine my complete shock at this whole exchange. I stood there for a while and my delayed reaction was to take out my phone and start taking pictures of the man that yelled at me.

I’m not calling anyone here racist BUT all their white customers walked out happy with food and semi decent service 🤷🏾‍♀️🤷🏾‍♀️

Anyway, so I start taking pictures and this guy approaches me and says, “M’am you’re not allowed to take pictures in here, you’re going to have to leave!”

Hold up ✋🏾✋🏾 not allowed to take pictures? What kind of shady food establishment are you running where people aren’t allowed to take pictures?

So I took a picture of him as well and then I left vowing to tell my tale to anyone that’d listen.