The beginning of 2023 has not been a great time for the hospitality industry in the City of Logan with several well established and quality cafes and restaurants closing their doors.
The first announcement came from The Cauldrons Cafe & Emporium in Slacks Creek when they made the sad announcement that their last day would be January 31.
The Harry Potter themed café made the statement in early December saying they would be closing at the end of January 2023.
“It is with great sadness that The Cauldrons Cafe & Emporium announces the closing of its doors at Springwood,” the statement read.
“The long-time effects of viable retail in this post-COVID space has proven a difficult venture, and though not for a lack of trying and consistently trying to adapt and earn customer satisfaction, it is something the team here can no longer maintain.
“We have loved getting to know everyone, making friends, and seeing all those new and returning faces day in and day out, and this has certainly not been a decision made lightly.”
On January 19, How We Roll Café Loganlea owner Kylie made a video announcement of their pending day of closure on January 29.
“This is it. This is our swansong. We are at the pointy end of the stick,” said Kylie.
“We are one of many who have succumbed to the changes in our economy and the fact that cost of goods has risen exponentially, the cost of living, fuel prices have risen, and you all feel it.
“In our community of Logan, we are one of a quite a few who are closing down.
“We’ve been here for almost three years and its been an amazing time. It’s been one heck of a rollercoaster ride, that’s for sure.”
On a positive note, Kylie and her partner have transitioned How We Roll Cafe to a Grab’n’Go Brekkie Service at Logan Village via a food truck.
The same day as Kylie’s announcement, the Tin Cup Café that was based in the centre of the Beenleigh Historic Museum also advised they would be ceasing operations on January 22.
The post read: “It is with utter disappointment we announce the closure of our beloved cafe at BHV, as of close of business Sunday 22 January 2023.
“Rent has been tripled, so we are moving on to more exciting things… check in on our website for regular updates.
“We look forward to seeing you all and thank you for your valued and appreciated support.”
The end of January saw the lose of these three quality hot spots for Logan and surrounds diners and has left owners with no business and staff out of jobs.
But it was not over yet as on February first, award winning restaurant The White House of Logan made their announcement that they will not be reopening.
Owners of The White House of Waterford Bec and Leigh Cobbing said in a statement on their Facebook page: “It is with a heavy heart that we have to inform you that we will not be reopening The White House of Waterford.”
“This decision was not made lightly, and probably the hardest one we have ever made.
“We want to express our sincere gratitude for your support over the past 7 years. Your loyalty and support have meant everything to us, and we are so proud of what we have accomplished and the business we built.
“Please be assured that this is not the end for us. We are actively searching for a new location to continue serving the people of Logan and hope to see you all again soon.”
With the closure of these businesses, Logan has lost some icons and interesting places for people to visit and support.
As the cost of living is growing for all, how many more businesses will Logan lose before there is noting left to lose.