Enormously popular south-side cafe The Jam Pantry will close at the end of next month. After five years at its Logan Road spot in Greenslopes, it will serve its last customers on Sunday March 29, the Courier Mail reports.
Owner Naomi Zavackas took to social media to announce the closure earlier this week. After The Jam Pantry’s final service, Zavackas will take up a chef-in-residence role at Wandering Cooks in South Brisbane.
“I’m really excited,” Zavackas told the Courier. “There’s sadness there that I won’t have the connection to all the beautiful people I see on a daily basis, but [Wandering Cooks] is a very good reason not to be at The Jam Pantry anymore.”
Zavackas’s arrival at Wandering Cooks will coincide with the foodie incubator’s amalgamation of its individual stalls into one eatery, with dishes from the different operators now forming a single menu. An important part of Zavackas’s role will be to mentor young cooks.
For The Jam Pantry’s final month, Zavackas wants customers to take to social media and nominate their favourite dishes from its half decade of operation. The most popular will then be used to populate the cafe’s popular flip boards.
Zavackas is also encouraging someone else to take over the Logan Road cafe.
“Just because it’s our last season, doesn’t mean it has to be the cafe’s last season,” she said via Facebook. “We’re really hoping one of you will come forward … and build on the foundation we’ve already laid and take her on and continue looking after this beautiful community.”