SUBIACO institution the Witch’s Cauldron has closed its doors after almost 50 years on Rokeby Road.
Western Suburbs Business Association (WSBA) president Mark Hann said owner Geoff Gosling was a founding member of the Subiaco Business Association, which later became the WSBA, and he wanted to acknowledge the work of Geoff, his wife Tanis and the Witch’s Cauldron crew.
“The Witch’s has survived the many ups and downs associated with small business in the hospitality sector,” Mr Hann said.
He said the pair were generous supporting the WSBA with catering and facilities for some of their annual events.
“We’ll certainly miss the lunchtime aromas of the Witch’s, and we wish Geoff and Tanis all the best for a more relaxing lifestyle, hopefully watching our wonderful Perth sunsets with a quality glass of wine,” Mr Hann said.
The Goslings’ decision to shut up shop on Sunday after their last lunch service was not a financial decision, but was taken as the owners felt it was time to close.
“We felt now was the right time to say goodbye,” Mrs Gosling said.
“Both Geoff and I would like to thank so many people from our wonderful staff and suppliers through to our extremely loyal customers, who we have thoroughly enjoyed serving over the years.
“When you own a restaurant for almost half a century, you become a part of people’s lives.”
Customers took to social media on Monday to farewell the Perth favourite, which had been serving up its much-loved garlic prawns since 1970.
“Thank you Subiaco’s the Witch’s Cauldron for the memories and the great food for 50 years on Rokeby,” Subiaco councillor Julie Matheson tweeted.
“Sad to hear the Witch’s Cauldron will be no more,” Glen Downton wrote on Twitter.
“I’ve had many great meals there over the years.”
Manager of more than 20 years Darren O’Brien told the Western Suburbs Weekly in 2016 the restaurant’s longevity came from the Goslings’ ability to change with trends.