Lismore cafe banks on public holiday trade

AS A lover of cafes and coffee himself, The Bank cafe owner Brad Rickard knows there's a market for staying open on public holidays.

"As a person that enjoys going to cafes myself, I'd be pretty disappointed if there was no way to go when you've actually got a day off," he said.

"We open most of the public holidays. We're a seven-day business so it sort of comes with the territory doing that seven-day trade.

"It's hospitality and people want to be out and about enjoying themselves on their days off and that includes public holidays."

Mr Rickard said there was no shortage of people in the town's CBD at this time of year.

"There are heaps of people on holidays, people with families visiting - it's actually a really good time to do business in this town," he said.

The cafe's opening hours received a shout out from Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell, who posted on Facebook "The Bank is doing a roaring coffee and brunch trade! Why aren't more places open?"

The issue of penalty rates and Christmas closures is hotly debated at this time of year, with many hospitality and retail businesses claiming they can't afford to stay open because of public holiday penalty rates.



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