Slate Cafe: Perth dog-friendly cafe in Bennett Springs announces closure

A Perth cafe popular for its family and dog-friendly area has announced it will be closing its doors after almost eight years.

Slate Cafe, about half an hour’s drive north-east from Perth’s CBD, shared the news that it was closing due to the “rising operational costs “ that have made it “very challenging for us to continue operating”.

The Bennett Springs cafe, which boasts being Perth’s largest dog-friendly cafe, revealed the news to its 17k followers in an emotional Facebook post.

“It is with very heavy hearts that we announce that Slate Cafe will be closing its doors for good on Sunday, 23rd June 2024,” the post read.

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“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.

“We want to take this moment express our deepest gratitude to all of our customers who have supported us over the years, from the very first day we opened in October 2016, through the road closures, covid and everything else in between!

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Slate Cafe owners. Credit: Instagram

“Your support and patronage has meant the world to us and we are truly grateful for all the memories we have shared together. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of Slate Cafe community. We will miss you all dearly!”

The post was flooded with more than 400 comments from devastated pooch owners.

“Very sad news indeed, I’ll miss you all, the puppy cuddles and the best Bo Koh in Perth! Good luck to the family and all the staff,” one customer commented.

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The Bennett Springs cafe, which boasts being Perth’s largest dog-friendly cafe, revealed the news to its 17k followers in an emotional Facebook post. Credit: Instagram

Another customer added: “You made great food and coffee, but mostly you made a great place. I would like to add my voice to all those saying that this is sad news and that you will be missed. But most of all, thanks for your years of operation - and best wishes for what you all do next!”

“So sad, was such an awesome place to visit and loved seeing all the different dogs. Also the food was so delicious!!! Will miss visiting. Good luck with future endeavours!!!” a third wrote.

The cafe is open for one final week, and is set to close on Sunday 23rd June.

“Please come and enjoy our final two weeks of trade before we serve you our very last coffee on Sunday June 23rd 2024. We hope to see you soon!”

To add to the fun, they are also hosting one last dog play date for all breeds to come and enjoy on Saturday 22nd June.

For more details, visit their Facebook page, Slate Cafe.

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