Graze & Tipple’s closure of Karrinyup Mall blamed on COVID and ‘other challenges’

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COVID claimed another casualty, this time one of the staple restaurants in the popular West Deck hotel district of Karrinyup Mall.

Graze & Tipple restaurant and bar made the shock announcement on its Facebook page on Monday evening, saying the decision had been made “with great sadness”.

“We thank our wonderful customers for your support and the friendships we have made,” the post read.

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“Unfortunately, Covid and other challengers (sic) beyond our control were unable to realize this dream.

“Support your favorite small business! He needs you.

Management did not specify what the “other challenges” were.

Camera iconGraze & Tipple had just been announced as finalists for the 2022 Gold Plate Awards. Credit: instagram/instagram

Graze & Tipple was one of the first restaurants to open as part of Karrinyup’s $800 million renovation, promising to take “the deli and dining 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.

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Warning signs that the restaurant was struggling can be seen in a number of Facebook posts. A week ago, restaurant management announced that they could not open their doors that day because they could not find enough staff to work due to COVID and the flu.

“Unfortunately we are understaffed due to Covid and the dreaded flu which never seems to go away 😷!” they wrote at the time. “We have a great team of hard working people at G&T and we hope to be back smiling and serving our valued customers very soon!”

Six weeks ago on his Facebook page he was recruiting a new member of staff and 10 weeks ago he announced that he was understaffed and had to reduce the size of his menu for two weeks.

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Karrinyup’s West Deck area features a range of local and national venues, including Good Company and the famous Asian-inspired restaurant Dandelion and Thai restaurant Spice Market.

Graze & Tipple and Karrinyup Shopping Center have been contacted for comment.

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