Popular inner-west cafe Neighbourhood Coffee Roasters will close on September 22.

Owners Alex and Stephanie Ridgway say that after four years of successful trade, it’s time to move on. “We [want] to have more free time for family, and take our coffee offering [at Neighbourhood Coffee Roasters Albion] and make it better,” Alex says. “We want to home in and start working with coffee regions and farmers that [need more support]. I’m trying to focus my energy in that direction and running multiple sites [is making it harder].”

The Ridgways purchased the old Rainworth General Store in 2013 and brought it back to life, creating one of the most beautiful cafes north of the river. An overgrown backyard was tamed and replaced with garden beds, with produce then used in the kitchen. “We showed it’s not too hard to start turning some dirt in the backyard,” Alex says. “You’d be surprised how much waste you generate that can go back into the ground to restore soil.”

The Ridgways are in the process of finding someone to lease the property. Alex says he’s already receiving lots of interest.

As for Neighbourhood Coffee Roasters at the Albion Fine Trades precinct, Alex says there are loose plans for expansion to add extra storage or perhaps a cupping room.

Neighbourhood Coffee Roasters at the Rainworth General Store will close on September 22.