AFTER 21 years, the home of Joondalup’s best chips and gravy will permanently close its doors on Saturday.
Sidewalk Cafe has been operating in The Great Space at Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City since the centre first opened.
Co-owner Lyn Moore remembers at the time there was not much in Perth’s northern suburbs except for a few shops in Winton Road.
Since then, she said she has seen the area grow and change vastly and is proud to have been part of it.
She said since making the decision a few weeks ago not to renew the cafe’s lease, they had been inundated with cards and gifts.
“We’ve even had people crying,” Ms Moore said.
“We can’t believe the response.
“Everyone is telling us they will miss the chips and gravy the most – and the coffee.”
Ms Moore said though she was sad the cafe was closing, she had loved every moment.
“We just want to thank all the customers we’ve had in the past 21 years,” she said.
“They made work fun and special.
“We have so many regular and loyal customers that we will miss.”
Ms Moore said this would be the end of her working life, having decided to retire.
She will celebrate with a relaxing holiday.
She said they have also ensured other staff members have new jobs to go to.
Sidewalk Cafe will close at 2pm on Saturday.
When asked if she would now divulge the secret to the cafe’s famous gravy, she said she would happily sell the gravy to customers on Saturday.
Orders need to be placed by Friday morning.