Robert Roberts survived through many tough times in Ireland. The Economic War and Emergency were particularly challenging. It became very difficult to obtain tea & coffee through the normal UK channels and so many of the Irish merchants worked together & imported directly via Portugal. During the Emergency, as petrol was rationed, Robert Roberts once again had to rely on the trusty horse. However, Clive Goodbody remembers the commotion when he had to race out of the café to catch the horse as it bolted down Grafton Street. In 1971, Robert Roberts merged with Baker Wardell and the cafés fell prey to the harsh economic climate of the time.