Clarke’s of North Beach closes: Popular fine dining restaurant closes after two decades in business

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After almost 20 years, Perth’s fine dining institution, Clarke’s, is about to close its doors.

The multi-award-winning family restaurant in North Beach has been sold out for the past month as regular customers scramble to get their last taste before it closes on Thursday.

Demand has been so great that owners Kim and Stephen Clarke have even started a waiting list for anyone wishing to cancel a cancellation and will open for dinner on Monday – a usual evening.

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Since opening in 2003, the modern Aussie restaurant has won the Catering Institute of Australia’s Gold Plate Award for Best Contemporary Formal Dining, while Chef Stephen has also been named WA Chef of the Year three times.

Stephen was also named National Chef of the Year by the Culinary Federation of Australia, and in 2019 Clarke’s was one of 32 restaurants in WA to receive the coveted Chef Hat Award.

Disappointed diners have taken to social media, with many sharing their memories and hoping this isn’t the last time they see their favorite chefs.

“Nineteen years ago I celebrated my 50th birthday at Clarke’s. Every year since then, we have celebrated important family occasions as well as fun times with a special dinner,” said Jacqui Hunt-Smith.

“Two wedding receptions, palliative takeaways, countless milestone birthdays, anniversaries and family celebrations. You have been a family institution,” Kelli Dunlop also said.

“Very sad to see you closing. Had some very special birthday dinners here. Everything absolutely exquisite. Incredible culinary skills,” added Samantha Thomas.

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