RAINING MONEY: Jules Devlin, co-owner of Byron Bays Why Not Cafe, is having busy days as tourists head to the shops to escape
RAINING MONEY: Jules Devlin, co-owner of Byron Bays Why Not Cafe, is having busy days as tourists head to the shops to escape

Lousy weather, but Byrons shops are booming

By RACHEL AFFLICK

FIVE kilograms of coffee, 25 litres of orange juice and 60 trays of eggs and that's just in one day.

With rain pouring down outside, it has been raining money for businesses such as Why Not Cafe/Restaurant in Byron Bay.

Co-owner Jules Devlin said the wet, windy weather was getting holiday-makers off the beaches and into local shops and cafes.

Mr Devlin said the Christmas New Year period was always busy; but now it was even more hectic.

He said, although the wild weather was a shame for families who had come to Byron Bay for a beach holiday, the rain had at least been good for selling coffee.

"A lot of people just want somewhere to escape the weather," Mr Devlin said.

"You don't get more lunches or dinners as such, but you do get more coffee."

However, the wet weather isn't all good news for cafe and restaurant owners, with the gloomy weather producing a downturn in night-time trading.

"On a nice night you tend to get people walking in the street who'll stop for a meal or drink," Mr Devlin said.

"It's been quiet. Everyone's staying indoors."



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