Scott Friswell knows he can’t change the coronavirus.
“All we can do is change our attitude, so we’re being as positive as we can,” Mr Friswell said.
Scott, and his wife Angela have owned Little Sister Café in Keilor East for three and a half years.
Government restrictions have hit the hospitality industry hard. Cafes and restaurants are relying on takeaway orders to keep afloat after table service was banned.
Like many other small business owners, the Friswells have had to tell a number of employees there’s just no work at the moment.
“It’s quite challenging because these are really good people,” he said.
“You know that they have things at home, whether they’re married, whether they’re studying, they’ve got costs, they’ve got cars, they’ve got loans and basically they then have no way of earning income because it’s not just easy getting another job.”
Little Sister Café has adapted the way it does business to deal with physical distancing rules.
A coffee window is open so customers can order from the street. The café is also taking orders over the phone and via the Skip app.
If you live in neighbouring suburbs, they’ll even deliver food and drink to your front door.
While there’s been sleepless nights, the support of regulars has been a real comfort.
“Some people will come in and they hand over cash and say don’t give me any change, you keep it, you need it,” Mr Friswell said.
“They want you to succeed.. and it does give you a real sense of community.”
In return, the Friswells aren’t giving up.
“We’re going to put up a good fight to do everything that we can to keep this business going for the future.”
Little Sister Café
52 Wingara Ave,
Keilor East VIC 3033
(03) 9336 2270
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