BACK TO THE GRIND: "Caz" and Adam Lees from Grind Cafe are looking forward to getting back to work this Saturday. Photo: Caitlin Zerafa

Back to the ‘new’ daily grind for Noosa restaurants

FOR some Noosa restaurants it will back to the ‘new normal’ on Saturday with eateries allowed to reopen their doors to diners under strict coronavirus restrictions.

From tomorrow, under Queensland Government rules, restaurants will be permitted to have 10 dinners at any one time.

This rule applies to restaurants, cafes, pubs, registered and licensed clubs, RSL clubs and hotels, provided they comply with the government’s COVID safe checklist.

Bars and gaming will remain off limits.

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Noosa restaurateur Carlos Vanselow said the past few weeks had been some of the most difficult he’d experienced during his career, especially off what he described as a quieter than usual Christmas period.

“Everyone was already behind (from Christmas) and then this virus came,” Mr Vanselow said.

BACK TO THE GRIND: Barista Adam Less from Grind Cafe on Gympie Tce. Photo: Caitlin Zerafa
BACK TO THE GRIND: Barista Adam Less from Grind Cafe on Gympie Tce. Photo: Caitlin Zerafa

Owner of some of Noosa’s most loved restaurants including, Maisies, Grind Cafe, Pasta Pronto, Moondoggy’s and Santorini, Mr Vanselow said when lockdowns were enforced he had no choice but to shut up shop.

“After everything was locked down I tried to keep them all open, but then $50, $30 (sales per day) — there was no help from the government yet.”

“And I don’t have a lot of staff on the job keeper, some of them are international, some of them don’t want to apply.”

“After 10 days (of lockdown) I said let’s keep Moondoggy’s open for coffee and Pasta Pronto for two hours at night.”

Mr Vanselow is among many owners who will reopen their doors to diners from tomorrow but said they will have shortened menus.

“We have a shorter menu, 80-90 per cent of the regular one.”

He said while they were reopening, business was not out of the woods yet and it would be interesting to see how the new norm will pan out.