Unexpected Closure: Stafford City Tavern Shutters Doors Abruptly

Stafford witnessed a sudden turn of events as the renowned Stafford City Tavern, a beloved local hotspot, announced its permanent closure.

Within hours of the announcement on Friday, 9 February 2024, the tavern’s doors were shuttered for the final time, marking the end of an era for the venue that had been a fixture in the Stafford City Shopping Centre since its opening in 2005. 

The staff and loyal customers scrambled to come to terms with the sudden loss of a beloved gathering spot. 

Swift Closure

Star Group’s decision to close the doors of the Stafford City Tavern came after efforts to negotiate a new lease, which had been ongoing since September 2023, were unsuccessful. The closure not only leaves a void in the local community but also raises questions about the future of the space within the shopping centre. 

“Love going in there, best steak sandwich ever!!! I hear it’s because the shopping centre put the rent up too high. They did it to Australia Post & Bubble Car Wash. Started shopping at Stafford Heights on Rode Road now. Wishing the team at Stafford Tavern All The Best, going to miss the place,” a local said on the tavern’s Facebook announcement.

“I’m so sorry to hear this. My mum, dad and I enjoyed lunch there on 9 February, with no knowledge that it would be the last time we would be able to do so. Our meals were fabulous and such great value (including the largest chicken parmigiana we’d ever seen, which even my dad – who doesn’t believe in wasting food – couldn’t finish). What stands out the most though is the wonderful, friendly service from the staff, who made our visit so enjoyable. Thank you to you all, and I wish you all the best of luck for the future.” 

“So devastated to hear this news tonight. It’s been our regular weekly family Snitzel Friday night for so long…. Even before this iteration. Perfect placement, parking readily available, not too loud, not too quiet. Amazing food! I have never had a bad meal there. Staff have always been amazing. You will most definitely be missed. I know you have the same menu at West End… but that’s a little too far for us. Stafford Shopping Centre will feel your absence!”

The  Stafford City Shopping Centre remains optimistic about finding a new tenant but the loss of the tavern leaves behind a legacy that will be hard to replace.

Published 15-Feb-2024