Albany Highway icon closes its doors
After serving the Great Southern region with endless amounts of spooky delights, the Creepy Hollow cafe has closed its doors.
Situated on Albany Highway, Beaufort River, the Halloweenthemed Creepy Hollow Cafe Restaurant was the only one of its kind in Australia, with a cafe at one end and a shop at the other.
Cafe owner Toni-Marie Jolley and partner Jim Whitwell have spent the past five years incorporating the theme into the cafe as much as they can.
With something spooky in every corner, Creepy Hollow became a hotspot for children and tourists.
“It has been quite a journey but I guess that’s just how life is,” Mr Whitwell said.
“One journey ends and another one starts.”
Mr Whitwell said the decision to close the store came last month.
“Our lease is up, so we were just thinking to ourselves ‘do we want to tie ourselves for another five years or do we want to do something different?’,” he said. “So we thought to ourselves ‘nah, stuff it’. We bought a caravan and are going caravanning for two years.”
Mr Whitwell said it had been a long and bumpy ride to keep the cafe afloat for the past five years.
“I’m not going to say it’s been easy — it’s been hard for everybody who owns a business in regional WA,” he said.
The couple are excited by the prospect of being semi-retired and travelling around Australia with their caravan.
Creepy Hollow Cafe Restaurant co-owner Jim Whitwell.
Cafe owners Jim Whitwell and Toni-Marie Jolley.
The cafe became a hotspot for children and tourists.
Something creepy awaited customers at every turn.
The Halloween theme was evident throughout the space.