Subiaco’s Baguette Me Not cafe shuts doors amid ongoing roadwork chaos on Hay Street

Rangi HiriniCommunity News
Baguette Me Not owner Luanne Balaba has blamed roadworks for the closure of her Subiaco business.
Camera IconBaguette Me Not owner Luanne Balaba has blamed roadworks for the closure of her Subiaco business. Credit: Andrew Ritchie/Community News

Road closures on Hay Street in Subiaco have claimed another victim as a beloved café was forced to close its doors after years in the area.

Baguette Me Not is a local eatery that started as a small stall at the Subi Farmers Market before opening a store on Hay Street six years ago.

Owner Luanne Balaba told The West Live it was a “tough decision” to close the café.

“This road closure has been going on since February, we had to make the decision whether to re-sign the lease or not and the fact is that the roads are still closed to this day,” she said.

“(That) made our decision, we couldn’t go on with the uncertainty.”

Ms Balaba said the road closures have given her customers limited access to the café and the neighbouring stores.

She also said the local council has not given businesses enough support to survive the recent times.

“People have avoided the area… it’s a very tough situation at the moment,” Ms Balaba aid.

In February, a stand-off between the City of Subiaco and developer Sanur over the future of dilapidated buildings at 424-436 and 440 Hay Street kicked off.

At one point the street was completely closed due to safety risks — but has allowed one lane of traffic since March.

Baguette Me Not owner Luanne Balaba on Hay Street in Subiaco.
Camera IconBaguette Me Not owner Luanne Balaba on Hay Street in Subiaco. Credit: Andrew Ritchie/Community News

For months, the City of Subiaco and the developer have been going back and forth over a way forward but in the meantime, several retailers have had to pack up shop and leave what was once a dream location.

Baguette Me Not delivered a fresh take on the classic banh mi, making it a customer favourite on their menu.

The Subi store will close its doors on July 2. The business’ Allendale Square store will remain open.

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