COVID has claimed another victim, this time one of the founding restaurants in the much-vaunted West Deck Hospitality area of Karrinyup Shopping Centre.
Restaurant and bar Graze & Tipple made the shock announcement on their Facebook page on Monday night, saying the decision was made “with great sadness”.
“Thank you to our wonderful customers for your support and the friendships we’ve made,” the post reads.
“Unfortunately, Covid and other challengers (sic) outside of our control have not been able to make that dream come true.
“Support your favorite small business! It needs you.”
Management has not made it clear what the “other challenges” were.
Graze & Tipple was one of the first restaurants to open as part of Karrinyup’s $800 million renovation, promising to “elevate the deli and restaurant experience to a more refined level.”
The closure comes just a week after the restaurant was named a finalist in two categories of the 2022 Gold Plate Awards: the New Restaurant and New Wave categories.
Warning signs that the restaurant was struggling can be seen in a number of Facebook posts. A week ago, the restaurant management announced that they would not be able to open their doors that day as they could not find enough staff to work due to COVID and flu.
“Unfortunately, due to Covid and the dreaded flu that never seems to go away, we are understaffed 😷!”, our valued customers wrote shortly at the time!”
Six weeks ago it hired a new employee on its Facebook page and 10 weeks ago it announced that it was understaffed and had to reduce the size of its menu for two weeks.
Karrinyup’s West Deck neighborhood includes a range of local and national venues including Good Company and acclaimed Asian-inspired restaurant Dandelion and Thai eatery Spice Market.
Graze & Tipple and Karrinyup Shopping Center have been contacted for comment.
https://www.perthnow.com.au/local-news/perthnow-stirling/karrinyup-shopping-centres-graze-tipple-closure-blamed-on-covid-and-other-challenges-c-7893584 Graze & Tipple closure at Karrinyup mall is attributed to COVID and ‘other challenges’