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May 16, 2024

Sublime Cafe bounces back with tree change

After months of forced closure due to damage from a falling tree, this Clarence Park cafe has reopened and renewed with a show of community support.

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  • Words: Sophia Lattas
  • Pictures: Supplied

Sublime Cafe is Amanda and Bec Edward’s long-term adventure. As co-owners and partners, they reopened in April after being closed for eight months.


Sublime Cafe
55 East Avenue, Clarence Park 5034
Tue—Sun: 8am ’til 3pm


The cafe’s snap closure came after a massive tree fell on the venue last August, causing significant damage to the courtyard. Amanda recalls the incident as being “surreal”.

“We could cope with being closed for a couple of months but then, all of a sudden, a couple of months turned into eight,” she says.

Amanda and Bec were devastated but also saw the challenge as an opportunity to take Sublime to the next level.

They thought: “Why not take this time to make some of the changes we’d been imagining for a while?”

The new and improved cafe now houses Sublime Social. The custom-designed function space was set to launch last October but was put on hold while they tried to “keep the business afloat”.

Established in 2014, Sublime has since become a neighbourhood go-to for all things brunch and coffee and Amanda says a restructure was in the works long before the tree fell.

“Our function space is set to be an exciting new offering to our community with limitless capabilities for any type of event,” she says.

“We’re not only brunch – we can do your long lunches, your special occasions, and wine events.

“Having offered our catering services to South Australians for the past ten years, Sublime Social allows us to further utilise this skill set.”


Aside from the nitty-gritty insurance side of things, Amanda says the cafe’s community helped Sublime get back on its feet. Family, friends, former staff members and even locals walking Clarence Park paths helped out with small renovations like painting.

However, Amanda says in the lead-up to the cafe’s reopening “little cracks started to appear”. She describes the current hospo landscape as feeling “very COVID-esque”.

“A lot of hospitality [operators] got through COVID with their local community supporting them and that’s how, I think, we’ll get through it again,” she says.

Championing local business and produce Amanda says, at the moment, their stockists in the cafe are local and “from around the area”.

“That’s how we made our start. It was the local support that we had. So, if we can give somebody a little spot on our shelf or use their supply, that’s what we’ll do every day of the week,” she says.


Specialising in all-day breakfast, Sublime is known for its bottomless brunch which is a bit of a “feed me scenario” this time around. Their grazing-style lunch is an interactive experience where you get a bit of everything – from taramasalata soft-boiled eggs with monkfish caviar, fritters and more.

Its relaunch is accompanied by a new menu including a benny rosti and hot honey rosti. But don’t fret, Sublime still offers its signature dishes: breakfast Nasi and halloumi popcorn.

“It’s thrilling to have shifted our journey to one about business development and growth,” Amanda says.

Sublime cafe is located at 55 East Avenue, Clarence Park and is open from 8am ‘til 3pm from Tuesday to Sunday.

Connect with the business on Instagram or visit their website for more.

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