Sydney venue Cafe Lounge announces closure after 20 years

Cafe Lounge

Sydney venue Cafe Lounge has taken to social media this week to announce it will be closing. Having been in the game for 20 years, the venue has cited “recent lockout laws” and “rising operating costs” as main reasons for it shutting its doors for good after first closing up shop when COVID-19 restrictions were first put in place.

“From humble beginnings as a licensed café serving breakfast to Oxford Street clubbers, a local live music, party and comedy institution emerged,” the venue wrote in a statement. “Today, we handed back the keys from what’s been an incredible run.”

“With recent lockout laws, rising operating costs in a rapidly changing neighbourhood, we knew quickly this pandemic was going to be our end. We hope other venues receive the ongoing support required to get through this time and hopefully we all come back stronger with a government who recognises our value.”

Cafe Lounge thanked “all the hardworking staff, managers, artists, promoters and previous owners,” as well as those who came “to Monday night comedy, a midweek live show or danced all over our furniture on the weekends” over the years.

“We thank you for that and look forward to doing it all again some day in another place and another time,” they said.

This closure comes as the future for live music, nightlife and culture in Australia and around the world finds itself in an unprecedented position. It is not known when venues will be able to return to being fully operational, and with tough and varied restrictions throughout the country still implemented (though some have been rolled back), it’s a grim future we’re facing with many more probable closures.

Read the full statement fro Cafe Lounge below:

 

 

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From humble beginnings as a licensed café serving breakfast to Oxford Street clubbers, a local live music, party and comedy institution emerged. Today, we handed back the keys from what’s been an incredible run. Cafe Lounge was a business passed on between friends who shared a passion for creating a space where people came together to meet, eat, drink, laugh, kiss, dance, love and live life. Endless first dates, proposals, lifelong friendships and romantic partners were formed as the sun always set, thanks to a mural by a local artist. With recent lockout laws, rising operating costs in a rapidly changing neighbourhood, we knew quickly this pandemic was going to be our end. We hope other venues receive the ongoing support required to get through this time and hopefully we all come back stronger with a government who recognises our value. We‘d like to thank those who played an integral part in keeping the good times flowing, all the hardworking staff, managers, artists, promoters and previous owners. They kept the dream alive for 20 good years. Lastly, none of this would have been possible or worth it without you. If you came to Monday night comedy, a midweek live show or danced all over our furniture on the weekends, we thank you for that and look forward to doing it all again some day in another place and another time. Much love The Lounge

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Words by Emma Jones

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