Albion Bakery Brewbakers to Close Amidst Skills Shortage and Rising Costs

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Brewbakers, the beloved sourdough haven that has warmed the hearts and kitchens of Ascot for three decades, is set to bid a bittersweet farewell.



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The family-run bakery, known for its handcrafted bread, pastries, and cakes, has been a cherished part of the community, filling homes with the comforting aroma of freshly baked goodness and creating countless shared moments of joy around the table.


 
 


Owners Richard and Caroline Cotton, who founded the bakery in 1992, have cited a critical skill shortage and narrow profit margins as the reasons behind the difficult decision.

This closure marks the latest in a string of bakery departures from Brisbane’s culinary landscape, including the recent winding down of several establishments under BCN Events Group. Brewbakers, known for its dedication to sourcing local organic flour from Kialla Mills and its unwavering commitment to artisanal techniques, has long been a cherished institution along Sandgate Road in Albion.

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In 2019, the bakery made headlines with its innovative sourdough hot cross buns, a testament to its passion for pushing the boundaries of traditional baking. Richard Cotton’s journey into baking began serendipitously in 1990 when he stepped in to help a short-staffed bakery and discovered a lifelong love for the craft.

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However, rising costs have increasingly squeezed the bakery’s profitability, making it challenging to sustain operations. Caroline Cotton emphasised the impact of a competitive market, with the emergence of several new bakeries in recent years exacerbating the difficulty of securing skilled bakers.


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A steady stream of loyal customers has continued to frequent the artisan bakery, expressing their sadness and appreciation for the Cottons’ dedication to quality and community. The owners have been transparent with patrons about their inability to renew the lease and the upcoming closure on 15th of June.

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The announcement has sparked an outpouring of emotions, with many customers sharing stories of cherished memories and a deep connection to the bakery. Some have been patrons since childhood, highlighting the enduring impact of Brewbakers on the local community.



Published Date 04-June-2024