After nine years spent building a loyal following among Teneriffe and Newstead locals, Jerome Batten has announced that he will close his enormously popular Sourced cafe after this Sunday.
“It is with a tinge of sadness but also a lot of excitement for the future, that I announce Sourced will be closing at its Florence St home, as of Monday 10th February,” Batten wrote in an Instagram post. “Sourced has been a major part of my life, and I know many of yours, during the nine years we’ve been here. I have so many things to be thankful for.”
Sourced was one of the first in a new wave of sustainably minded Brisbane cafes when it opened in 2011, its focus on local produce inspired by Batten’s fascination with some of the fresh produce markets he’d visited around the world. Captivated by the culture of eating local and the sense of community it fostered, Batten wanted to create his own version in Teneriffe.
For most of its existence, Sourced was a grocer first and cafe second, stocking plenty of local produce from the Sunshine Coast, Granite Belt and Northern Rivers regions. Last year, it leaned into its knack for classy breakfasts, renovating the kitchen and installing a coffee bar.
“With the end of our lease in this space that we’ve turned from a nondescript warehouse shell to the Sourced you know, it is the perfect time to roll the door down, express our gratitude, and say a fond farewell to our neighbourhood and Sourced community,” Batten said. “We are sad to go but hopefully it won’t be for too long … Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for sustaining the love for Sourced.”