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Sydney Bondi bakery, Organic Republic Bakery, forced to close by rising costs and rent

The harsh reality of Australia’s inflation crisis: Read café’s heartbreaking comment as company goes bankrupt amid rising costs – and the moving act of the rest of the community

  • Bondi’s Organic Republic Bakery Closed Due To Rising Operating Costs And Rent
  • A sign left outside the cafe on Monday said goodbye and thanked customers
  • Locals responded to the note by leaving their own letters on the windows
  • People described the cafe as a ‘community hub’ and were saddened by the news

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A much-loved cafe has been forced to close after 14 years, with the owners posting a heartbreaking note to the business’s window blaming the sky-high rent and cost of living.

The owners of Organic Republic Bakery in Bondi, Sydney’s eastern suburbs, thanked customers for all the years of “love” but said they could no longer afford to work.

Thousands of small business owners across Australia have struggled since the Covid pandemic, with inflation rising to 6.1 percent, while staff shortages continue to hurt the economy.

A note left at the Organic Republic Bakery (above) in Bondi on Monday informed customers that the business had been forced to close due to rising operating costs and rent.

A note left at the Organic Republic Bakery (above) in Bondi on Monday informed customers that the business had been forced to close due to rising operating costs and rent.

Organic Republic Bakery (above) opened in 2008 and has been described as a 'community hub' by loyal customers

Organic Republic Bakery (above) opened in 2008 and has been described as a 'community hub' by loyal customers

Organic Republic Bakery (above) opened in 2008 and has been described as a ‘community hub’ by loyal customers

“A warm, heartfelt thank you to the Bondi community for all the love over the years and to all coffee drinkers and bread eaters,” the note read.

The heartfelt message prompted the bakery’s customers to leave their own notes that read: they would miss their ‘favorite bakery’.

“The best people and coffee,” wrote one customer.

Sad customers left heartfelt notes on the windows (above) of the bakery wishing the owners well and they would miss their favorite spot

Sad customers left heartfelt notes on the windows (above) of the bakery wishing the owners well and they would miss their favorite spot

Sad customers left heartfelt notes on the windows (above) of the bakery wishing the owners well and they would miss their favorite spot

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1660741373 245 Sydney Bondi bakery Organic Republic Bakery forced to close by

“My toast will never be the same,” wrote another.

Loyal customer Carlos Agamez Garcia, who set up the note-taking station, said he was sad to see the vibrant cafe disappear after being a mainstay to his community for so many years.

‘I’ve been a local for over 10 years and this place was kind of a community feel to me. Where I get the bread, the treats, the coffee and a meeting point for the locals,’ he said.

‘The quality was high and the staff was always friendly, it was also a returning place for my family.

‘It really made me feel at home. A place where I used to come, get my daily bread and meet other locals to talk about politics, art and more.’

The small bakery was strongly focused on sustainability and reducing its ecological footprint.

Organic Republic Bakery (above) had a strong focus on sustainability and reducing its carbon footprint

Organic Republic Bakery (above) had a strong focus on sustainability and reducing its carbon footprint

Organic Republic Bakery (above) had a strong focus on sustainability and reducing its carbon footprint

Organic Republic Bakery customers (above) were saddened by the news of the bakery's closure, announced Monday.

Organic Republic Bakery customers (above) were saddened by the news of the bakery's closure, announced Monday.

Organic Republic Bakery customers (above) were saddened by the news of the bakery’s closure, announced Monday.

One of the bakery’s owners, Murray Stuart Begg, died just a few months before the bakery closed on June 10.

His death saw customers leave flowers outside the cafe.

Mr Garcia wrote on his post that the bakery was one of several in the area that has fallen victim to inflation.

“It’s hard to believe how many businesses that are within the community have now disappeared for the same reason: rents are rising, it’s hard for businesses and people to keep up,” he said.

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