Deb Bateman from Deb's Cafe in Bollon
Deb Bateman from Deb's Cafe in Bollon

Bollon cafe open for business but needs customers

A POPULAR Bollon roadside café has put out its tables for diners but pandemic driving limits mean there still aren’t many people about.

Deb’s Café owner Deb Bateman said business picked up on the weekend when cafes and pubs were given the okay to offer seated meals.

However with travel restrictions still in force across Queensland, the outback’s peak tourism season is super quiet.

“This time of year is our bread and butter, the winter season; we would normally be very busy now with all the grey nomads,” Ms Bateman said.

“At the moment the bulk of the travellers are from Cunnamulla and St George and truckies.”

Deb’s Café remained open during the lockdown, offering takeaway meals instead of dining options like salmon, chicken kiev and T-bone steak.

“We normally would have a lot of truckie meals but because they couldn’t dine in it was mostly burgers and toasted sandwiches and pizza,” she said.

“Our takeaway meals slowed right down but our groceries picked up because a lot of people were not going to St George.

“We increased our grocery line with fresh fruit and veg and bread and our sales went up.”

Ms Bateman said the spike in groceries sales helped compensate for reduced meals but it was now levelling off and she was keen to welcome more diners.

The café has four tables inside and two outside, with 13 seats in total.

“I’m looking forward to seeing more people on the move and they might come in and sit down and have a burger,” she said.

Ms Bateman said the pandemic shutdown period was difficult for business but she was lucky to have the support of locals.

“It has kept us going. It was a struggle but we’re lucky to still be going and it’s a massive positive we’re still trading,” she said.


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