Open eateries draw hungry holidayers



STAYING open over the Christmas-New Year break proved a difficult decision for local eateries.

Kapers restaurant owner Irene Dudley said staying open over the holidays would not have been worthwhile for the business.

"We decided to close because it's generally quiet at this time of year, and it's the only time we have a chance to have a break,'' she said.

Ms Dudley said the restaurant had only had a few enquiries about bookings and there would not have been enough business to warrant opening.

The Coffee Club owner Salesh Ramswarup said his store remained open throughout the Christmas-New Year break and it had been a worthwhile decision.

"It's one of those things where you have to weigh up the advantages with the cost of extra wages on public holidays, but we've found our trade to be about normal ? nothing special, but people were still eating out so we had a steady flow of patrons,'' he said.

Port Curtis Sailing Club assistant manager Christine Bowers said the club experienced a "very good two weeks'' of trade.

"It was definitely worthwhile us opening, the bistro did well and the bar also did a good trade ? we weren't open on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day but it was fairly busy throughout the holiday period,'' she said.



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