Frida Kahlo’s Summer House Closes Abruptly

With a heavy heart, Kangaroo Point says goodbye to a suburb favourite, as Frida Kahlo’s Summer House closes its doors, another casualty of the increasing troubles that have plagued the hospitality industry.

In the face of rising expenses and after what seemed like a relentless struggle against lockdowns, staff shortages, and a sluggish economy, Frida Kahlo’s Summer House can take no more.

In 2022, even the nearby Medley cafe/restaurant had to close temporarily due to its inability to fill crucial staff positions.

Owner Diego Rodriguez says he has poured his heart and soul into the business for over two years. But the burden of mounting debt and soaring Covid-related challenges became overwhelming.

Sky-high food prices and outrageous wages further compounded the struggle. Despite the restaurant’s efforts to attract customers, there just wasn’t enough resources to stay afloat.

To loyal patrons, the Summer House was more than just a place to eat. It was a vibrant sanctuary where locals found respite and indulgence.

Photo Credit: Frida Kahlo’s Summer House/Facebook

The restaurant’s bold and bright decor paid homage to Frida Kahlo’s iconic artwork and her legendary “La Casa Azul” in Mexico City. It was a slice of cultural paradise nestled between the tranquil riverwalk and the magnificent Story Bridge.

Published 28-May-2023