Restaurant owners ‘optimistic’ about possible June reopening
LIKE most hospitality businesses in Toowoomba and across the nation, COVID-19 restrictions hit CBD eatery The Finch hard.
"We're more of a dining destination than a takeaway destination, and when you take away all our seats, the average ticket's dropped significantly … and our customer count has taken a hit as well," The Finch owner Dan Farquhar said.
But he and co-owner Edwina Farquhar are thrilled at the idea they may be able to once again offer a dine-in option for their customers come June.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the State Government was eyeing off June as an "ambitious target" for cafes and restaurants to reopen in Queensland.
"I can't say whether it's early June or late June but I'm going to have those discussions, but as (Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette) Young has said we've got to take these things a couple of weeks at a time, we can't do it all at once."
Mr Farquhar said he felt that people, having been locked up for so long, would be ready to take advantage of the city's many restaurants and cafes when they do re-open properly.
But eateries are likely to have to abide by strict new dine-in rules when table service resumes.
- Diners without the COVIDSafe tracing app may have to give their name and number to front-of-house staff before dining out.
- 1.5m distancing rule between tables.
- No condiments on tables.
- Hand sanitiser available throughout establishments.
- Disposable menus.