One of Brisbane’s most iconic cafes will close for good this Sunday afternoon when Jamie Bellas locks the doors on Jamie’s Espresso.
For 20 years Bellas has watched over James Street as it’s grown from a commercial backwater into one of Brisbane’s favoured retail and lifestyle precincts. The Palace Centro cinemas, James Street Market, Cru Bar, Gerard’s Bistro, Gerard’s Bar, Harvey’s, The Calile – all have sprouted around the cafe since it opened.
Bellas told the told the Courier Mail on Tuesday the reason for the closure is a simple one: a new landlord and new plans for the building on the corner of James and Robertson streets.
“My lease has finished and my landlord is new and a big corporation and they have big plans for the building,” Bellas told the paper.
“That’s their choice and I’m fine with that.”
Not all is lost, though. Bellas says he will reopen in a new location in the area in August.