Patrons on tap

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
Stilts restaurant manager Garry Conway pours a Swan Draught after phase two of the State Government's roadmap to economic recovery was implemented on Monday.
Camera IconStilts restaurant manager Garry Conway pours a Swan Draught after phase two of the State Government's roadmap to economic recovery was implemented on Monday. Credit: Jackson Lavell-Lee

Capes small bars and restaurants have hailed the community for “keeping us afloat” as they reopened for business this week.

The State Government initiated phase two of the roadmap to easing restrictions on Monday, allowing non-work gatherings of 20 people at dine-in food and drink outlets.

Small bars The Fire Station, Stilts, Yarri Bar and Restaurant, Blue Manna, Bayside Burger Bar, Occy’s and Settlers Tavern and the River have all reopened to 20 customers or less.

However, larger pubs such as The Esplanade, The Ship Inn, The Dunsborough Tavern, Amelia Park Lodge, Margaret River Hotel, Caves House Hotel and Darleen’s remain closed until phase three of eased restrictions.

Stilts restaurant manager Garry Conway said regular customers had returned in droves.

Bayside Burger Bar director Matt Jenkinson said it had been a good start to phase two with his bar regularly at capacity.

“We’ve had really massive support from the community which kept us going through the last two months,” he said.

“It’s been a bit complicated and the police came in and checked our plans and hygiene this week, it’s been difficult to manage that as well as takeaways but I think it’s a positive start and this weekend will be busy.”

Occy’s duty manager Olivia Edwards said although 20 customers wasn’t viable in the long term, it was essential to maintain a relationship with patrons.

“We have been shocked at the uptake, we are fully booked for our 20-person seating for most of the days this week and the long weekend. We’ve had to adjust our roster daily to have more staff on board,” she said.

“All the customers are so happy to be out, it’s so lovely to see some friendly faces back again.”

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