Popular Perth hotspot announces shock closure leaving hundreds devastated: ‘Another victim’

A popular Australian café will be closing its doors for good after citing the ‘rising operational costs’ as an insurmountable issue.

Slate Cafe, an Instagram hotspot in Bennett Springs, Perth, will cease operations on Sunday 23 June after almost eight years in business.

The beloved pet-friendly café stayed open through the pandemic, road closures and ever-increasing costs of living thus far – but recent complications in rent and raw materials has forced the shock closure.

‘The rising operational costs has made it very challenging for us to continue operating in this current climate, and with all our increasing commitments elsewhere, we have been unable to give Slate Cafe the time and attention it deserves,’ the café runners revealed on Instagram.

Slate Cafe is the latest in a long line of popular Australian restaurants to shut down. 

A popular Australian café will be closing its doors for good

Slate Cafe in Perth will cease operations on 23 June after eight years in business

Slate Cafe is the latest in a long line of popular Australian restaurants to shut down

Slate Cafe in Bennett Springs, Perth, will cease operations on Sunday 23 June after almost eight years in  business

Diners in Sydney’s Neutral Bay were shocked when they found Yok Thai completely ‘cleared out’ in early June – even after the spot was frequented by politician Gladys Berejiklian.

Other popular eateries going bust or shutting up shop include Big Poppa’s in Darlinghurst, Bistrot 916 in Potts Point, and Tetsuya’s in Darling Harbour. 

Slate Cafe went on to thank their customers for their loyalty since October 2016. 

‘Your support and patronage has meant the world to us and we are truly grateful for all the memories we have shared together.

‘We also want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all our staff for their hard work and commitment to providing excellent service to our customers.

‘Our incredible teams in the kitchen and front of shop have worked tirelessly throughout the years!’

The café was famous for hosting weekend playdates for dog owners

The café was famous for hosting weekend playdates for dog owners 

The café was famous for hosting playdates on the weekend where dog owners could mingle with other pet lovers. 

Hundreds of customers expressed their sorrow over the café’s surprising news.

‘No, this is so sad! Why? There’s nowhere to go anymore like these places,’ one said of the lack of pet-friendly spots in the city.

‘Oh, this is such sad news, guys. Thank you for being such an amazing venue for families. You will be missed!’ another said.

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