Businesses who opened traded well
NOT quite desolation boulevard, but public holidays in Lismore tend to be forgettable days.
With nearly all businesses in the CBD closed, locals and visitors were left to search for nourishment or a good coffee.
The Queen's Birthday holiday yesterday saw just a handful of Lismore cafes and takeaway food shops open.
It was the opposite at towns that specialise in tourism, such as Lennox Head, Bangalow and Byron Bay.
However, a peek inside some Lismore cafes that were open revealed they were busy, with their owners saying the amount of trade justified their decision to open.
Owen and Minda Mitchell opened their Kol's Kebabs shop in Molesworth Street and business was brisk.
Mr Mitchell said the couple moved to Lismore on a public holiday and ‘we couldn't find anywhere to eat'.
“So now, when possible, we make the effort to be open on public holidays,” he said. “We get more travellers in on a public holiday and, yes, the business does justify it.
“I don't know why more places don't open. To me there is enough trade here.”
Along the street the Subway franchise was open, but the closest cafe was Sweet Pea, around the corner in Woodlark Street.
Co-owner Steve Gunther confirmed being open on such days was good for business.
“We are busy on these days. People want to relax and want somewhere in Lismore to go,” he said.
“We are happy to stay open. As a local place people want to be able to hang out and get a good coffee.”