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Beloved vegan restaurant closes its doors despite ‘being rammed every weekend’

Wholesome Junkies, a beloved vegan restaurant run by Chelsea Campbell, has announced its closure.
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Wholesome Junkies, a beloved vegan restaurant, has announced its closure due to insurmountable economic challenges, despite their recent efforts to survive the cost of living crisis.

This may come as a shock to many punters, with the restaurant regularly being packed and booked out – but insurmountable costs have meant that the restaurant is no longer economically viable.

Chelsea Campbell, owner of Wholesome Junkies

Wholesome Junkies on Million Dollar Menu Photo: BBC/Electric Ray

Chelsea Campbell, the owner of Wholesome Junkies, expressed her deep sadness in a heartfelt statement.

Just weeks after sharing an open and honest update on the difficulties her restaurant was experiencing, she has now revealed the heartbreaking news of its closure.

Her message has deeply touched the community that had grown to cherish the eatery.

“I’m completely heartbroken”

Writing to their Facebook page, they said: “This is one of the hardest messages I’ve ever had to write. “I’m completely heartbroken. “We’ve made the incredibly tough decision to close our restaurant with immediate effect.

Despite being packed every weekend, our costs have skyrocketed, and we can’t keep up with the debt.

“The figures just don’t add up, it’s no joke and it’s devastating the hospitality industry.

“I’m holding onto hope for a change in the economy and in our industry, especially for small, independent businesses like ours.

“About 1.5 years ago, I hit complete burnout and it took me a long time to recover.

“I’ve learned I need to be kind to myself and those around me. Thankfully, my passion for cheffing and Wholesome Junkies still burns bright once again. Running Wholesome Junkies as a solo woman has been a journey filled with challenges and triumphs for the last 7 years.

“It’s my passion, my dream, and it’s been made possible by the most amazing team by my side who have put up with my quirky ADHD ways.

“Their dedication, compassion, laughs, and support have made these two years on Mirabel St and all the adventures prior unforgettable.

“We’ve built more than just a business; we’ve built a family.

 

Some of Wholesome Junkies awesome vegan scran

“We’re going back to our roots with events, weddings, pop-ups, and festivals. This summer is packed and I’m lucky to have most of our incredible staff joining me on this new adventure.

“We’re on the lookout for a new kitchen residency or pop-up spot. If you want some award-winning burgers at your place, slide into our DMs! Keep an eye on our socials for updates on where we’ll be popping up next so you can still get your Wholesome Junkies fix.

“And if you want to stay in the loop, join our email subscription which you can sign up to on our website. (check that out here)

“To our wonderful customers who’ve all become our friends along the years, thank you. Your support has kept us alive, and I’m forever grateful. Please be kind and patient, this is still very raw and I’m still trying to process everything.

“Much love and gratitude, Chelsea and the WJ Fam”

Thanking their dedicated customers

Chelsea’s words were filled with gratitude and a plea for change.

Over the last seven years, she has navigated both triumphs and trials in her solo journey as a restaurateur.

She thanked her dedicated staff and loyal customers who had stood by her side through it all.

“We’ve built more than just a business; we’ve built a family,” she reflected, capturing the spirit of community that had flourished within Wholesome Junkies.

The closure of the restaurant on Mirabel Street does not mark the end of Wholesome Junkies entirely.

Chelsea plans to continue their presence at festivals and events, holding on to the hope that the economic landscape and the hospitality industry will evolve to better support independent businesses.

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