The Matriarch, Brisbane: Metropolis’s ‘most glam’ cafe shuts down

A well-liked restaurant and cocktail bar will shut its doorways after battling post-pandemic pressures plaguing the hospitality trade.

The Matriarch, a French-inspired venue touted as Brisbane’s most glamorous cafe, introduced on Monday that it’ll shut for for the ultimate time on Sunday.

The venue was opened in 2019 by enterprise companions Jimmy Truong and Mathew Dewacht and navigated the pandemic due to its in style afternoon excessive teas.

Nonetheless, information of the closure was introduced in a submit on the restaurant’s social media pages and detailed the way it was not in a position to overcome skyrocketing prices.

‘The previous 5 years have been an expertise that we’ll always remember nevertheless, Covid wanted lots of battle and the present finical disaster is one battle too many,’ the submit learn.

A well-liked french-inspired restaurant and bar in Brisbane, The Matriarch (pictured), has determined to shut its doorways on Sunday

‘It’s with a heavy coronary heart that we’ve got determined to not renew our lease and shut our enterprise.

​’We thanks on your ongoing help and want you all one of the best.’

Co-owner and chef, Mr Dewacht, stated that whereas the enterprise was not pressured into closure, the present financial panorama made remaining open too troublesome.

‘We simply made the choice can we are able to’t mentally battle by way of principally one other Covid, one other financial disaster, that is the precisely identical feeling as Covid,’ he informed The Courier-Mail.

‘The exhaustion stage, it’s not value battling on once more. [It’s better} to leave without being forced to like some other businesses who are going bankrupt.’

Mr Dewacht said  a number of other business had fallen into bankruptcy because their customer bases had dried up when the economy started to tighten.

Despite navigating through the pandemic, the owners said the current economic strains plaguing the industry was too much to handle and its lease wouldn't be renewed

Despite navigating through the pandemic, the owners said the current economic strains plaguing the industry was too much to handle and its lease wouldn’t be renewed

Devastated customers shared their shock at the sudden closure in comments on the social media post.

‘This makes me so sad,’ one wrote, adding: ‘Thank you for such amazing service and hospitality.’

A second customer wrote: ‘You guys will certainly missed, thank you for providing an excellent experience.’

A third lamented that The Matriarch was ‘a one-off type place would be hard to beat’.

Another reminisced on their love for the venue’s high teas before asking if they were selling off their furniture.

The Matriarch is just the latest casualty of a tough trading environment for the hospitality industry in Australia. Recent closures include Gauge, in Melbourne, 13 years of business and beloved Sydney restaurant Tetsuya, after 37 years.

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