Penrith’s Blind Chef Café to close after two years in operation

Craig Shananan at his cafe, The Blind Chef. Photo: Melinda Jane.
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Penrith’s Blind Chef Café has announced its intention to close this Sunday after two years in operation.

The High Street café, owned and run by legally blind chef Craig Shanahan, opened in May 2021 and traded through the challenges of Sydney’s second COVID lockdown, but Shanahan’s health concerns have forced the closure.

“It is with a heavy heart we announce that Craig has decided to close the Blind Chef Cafe,” the venue said in a social media post today.

“As you are all aware with Craig facing many health problems and recent news he is having to undergo another major surgery in the next few weeks, the time has come to close, for him to get his health back on track.

“It is not an easy decision Craig has had to make but with doctors advice it is a decision that had to be made. We Thank You all for your patronage, support and encouragement.”

The café will trade as normal until Midday on May 28, with loyal customers urged to come along and celebrate the final week in operation.

It is the second significant hospitality closure announcement in Penrith this month, with Greek restaurant Avli announcing its intention to close in the coming weeks.

Craig Shanahan runs The Blind Chef. Photo: Melinda Jane

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