12 popular SA venues that announced their closure over the last few months

Adelaide’s dining scene has unfortunately taken multiple big hits early into 2024 here are 12 recent closures.

Adelaide’s dining scene has taken multiple hits in 2024, with continuous closures rocking the hospitality sector. While some are linked to long standing industry icons retiring or taking time away from the business for personal reasons, many more are linked to growing expenses and a tough economic climate.

The cascading announcements serve as a stark reminder that small businesses need our ongoing support. So if you’re thinking of grabbing a meal or coffee, throw your money behind your favourite venues, because every dollar counts.


Sucre Patisserie is an acclaimed French patisserie that is renowned for its amazing cakes, tarts and eclairs. They also offer made-to-order custom cakes for your special occasion. 

Head Patissier Keva took to social media to announce that Sucre Patisserie will be closing their 397 Magill Road, St Morris location permanently on the 25th May 2024, after over 5 years in the space.

Keva is taking time off to prepare for the arrival of her baby in July. However, this is not the end of Sucre Patisserie. Customers should expect a return to force in mid 2025, operating out of a different location in Rostrevor.

Until the 25 May, customers can pop in on the scheduled weekly “open day.” The days change week to week, so keep an eye on socials or its Google listing for confirmed dates and times. Order through the online store and feel free to shoot through an email if you have a special event you need a cake for in the next 5 weeks.


Hog’s Breath Cafe in Glenelg permanently closed its doors on the December 31st. The chain establishment is known for its 18-hour slow-cooked Prime Rib Steaks, delicious steaks and refreshing margaritas.

This Hog’s Breath closure follows the Gouger Street location also closing down, marking the end of its venues in South Australia.


Adelaide’s dining scene took a massive hit with the unexpected closure of beloved Glenelg restaurant Cardone’s. The establishment has been a staple for locals and visitors for years. The doors shut for the final time on the 6th March marking the end of an era for the iconic spot known for its cozy atmosphere and delicious meals.

The team at Cardone’s made the tough call to close down, pointing to a mix of pandemic after-effects, rising costs, and unpredictable business as the main culprits.

“Cardone’s has been a huge part of the Glenelg landscape for such a long time. We are extremely proud of what our little restaurant has achieved over the years. We truly love what we do, and are forever grateful for the experiences & memories made,” says the Cardone team on Facebook.

Stephen Patterson MP – Member for Morphett commented on the Facebook post recounting his time at Cardone’s, “Sad news and a big loss for Jetty Rd. Tammy and I had a memorable Valentine’s Day dinner at Cardone’s only a few weeks ago. Thank you to Nick and the team for the great food and service you have provided over the years. Best Wishes for the future – I’m sure you will come back bigger and better.”


Port Adelaide’s beloved Banksia Tree Café, renowned for its sustainable practices, affordability, and exceptional culinary offerings, has officially closed its smaller location at Plant 3 Bowden appropriately titled “Little Banksia Tree,” on the 25th of February.

Little Banksia Tree took to social media to announce its unfortunate closure. “Hospitality is a hard game and right now, it’s harder than ever,” shared the team.

“We know that times are hard right now but take this as a sign that if you have the means to, hit up your favourite little cafes, independent stores, breweries and wineries. Like and share their posts so that others may discover their magic, and leave reviews if they’ve made you smile.”

While Little Banksia Tree has permanently closed, their main Port Adelaide establishment remains open! “Please don’t be a stranger and we hope to keep doing what we love for a long time yet,” says the Banksia team.


Super Bueno was not just about fancy food; it was about enjoying comforting meals with good company, in a laid-back and cheerful setting. Since its establishment in 2021, Super Bueno proved itself to be a popular hotspot. It’s a place where you can relax, have fun, and enjoy good food and drinks without any pretension. Shortly after releasing a new menu with an exciting European flair in October of 2023, the venue had to shut its doors on the 22nd of December.

“To our regulars, lawyers, one-time goers, knock-off lovers, pasta eaters, wine connoisseurs and coffee drinkers. Thank you,” shared Super Bueno on Facebook.


The establishment closed its doors on New Year’s Day, announcing to the public over social media the following day.

“It’s been a spectacular ride with many ups and a few awful downs. A journey of 7.5 years that started life as a ‘hobby’ for Charlie Lawrence and Taras Ochota and then with Nick Filsell (as chef) coming on board to add legitimacy to our crazy project,” says Lost in a Forest.

Throughout its years of operation, Lost in a Forest earned a special place in the hearts of locals and visitors alike, becoming a symbol of the Adelaide Hills’ unique charm. Known for its great pizzas, delicious local wines, and a playlist of unapologetic ’80s tunes, the venue played a pivotal role in the Uraidla township.

“There aren’t enough words or photos to encapsulate the legacy we built over those years. A legacy of great pizzas, delicious local vin and loud no apologies 80’s tunes,” said the Lost in a Forest social media post.

Regulars of Lost in a Forest may remember the deep dishes crusty and delicious edges. The ‘Shroom’ took home a national award for ‘best vegetarian pizza’ last year. The team have been known to make some of the most impossible recipes possible, from their deep dish Bahn Mi pizza, to a take on the Aussie classic that is Vegemite.

For those missing Lost in a Forrest, Charlie Lawrence’s other brainchild, Square Slice Pizza is still open for business.


After 9 years of operation, Port Adelaide’s Folklore Cafe announced over Facebook that its doors would be shut permanently on the 11th of February.

“I never imagined I would make it this far, and would like to thank all my friends, family and loyal customers over the years to the bottom of my heart,” says Folklore owner Anika.

“I’ve learnt that culture and community takes time, patience, care, and wholesome intention. Folklore has been a collective effort by everyone and I can’t thank you all enough for that. It’s an experience I will look back on with love and fondness for the rest of my life.”

In an old display home suspended over the glorious Port River, the establishment was the perfect brunch spot. Folklore described itself as a community-orientated cafe supporting local produce, sustainability and a revolving menu.

Folklore’s menu offered brunch staples such as its breaky burger, fruit toast and house-made granola as well as unique menu items like its chilli scrambled tofu, sardines on toast and mushroom ragu.


Well-known Italian restaurant in Adelaide’s East, Martini on the Parade, is bidding farewell after 17 years of operation.

Owner and executive chef Larry Piscioneri made the heartfelt announcement via Facebook post, revealing that the establishment will serve its final meal on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12th.

But while we’re bidding farewell to Martini on the Parade, a new chapter awaits at the iconic Parade location. Stepping into the spotlight is Secrets by the Sea, the brainchild of Henley Beach local Robert Leopardi.


Enzo’s Ristorante, located on Port Road, declared the end of an illustrious 25-year journey of serving South Australians with authentic Italian cuisine in a bittersweet announcement.

Established with a vision to bring the flavours of Italy to Adelaide, Enzo’s Ristorante had become an iconic fixture in the city’s culinary landscape.

While the closure marks the end of an era, Enzo’s passion for cooking remains undiminished. Already, he is exploring new ventures, eager to share his expertise accumulated over the past 25 years.

The closure of Enzo’s Ristorante comes after the opening of new restaurant Enoteca Lounge & Cucina on Rundle Street which is co-owned by his daughter Natalie Fazzari and her fiancee Alessandro Ennor.


After 28 years of operation, the Kim Wang Supermarket is shutting at the end of April.

The news broke out on ARN’s Jennie Lenman’s social media, quickly becoming a hub for shared memories and expressions of disappointment.

But the supermarket’s closure is about more than just losing a convenient place to shop. It represented a bridge between cultures, a spot where people could discover new flavours, where immigrants found reminders of home, and where the community could celebrate its diversity.

But there’s still a few weeks. So let’s get behind them!


Terroir Auburn, a true staple in the Clare Valley has announced they will be shutting their doors next month.

Husband and wife Dan and Annika Moss announced the decision via social media, saying the decision was made on their own accord.

“We had been preparing to put our business on the market in recent months, but sadly were unable to secure the lease required to sell our business in its current format,” they said.

“With the lease expired, we have a choice, and we have made the very tough, emotional and correct decision to close the doors.

“We leave on our own accord, with our heads held high, and nothing left in the tank knowing we gave it our absolute all. I can’t begin to express how brutal and upsetting it has been to walk away from something we have poured our whole heart into over the last 11 years.”


CONFESSION, a cherished live entertainment venue and basement bar nightclub in the heart of Port Adelaide, has closed, marking the end of an era for its weekly offerings.

The pop-up bar that was home to the world’s first wheelchair dance floor, arrived in Port Adelaide and on The Fringe scene back in 2022, and as September last year opened permanently to the public Friday and Saturday nights.

Before opening to the public, the venue which is run out of an 1850s church, went through a complete overhaul, installing a new bar, upgrading the sound system and creating a green room space for performers so their experience is top notch. Their key focus for CONFESSION was accessibility, inclusivity and going above and beyond for its customers and performers alike.

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