You should tell these whingy Melbourne restaurateurs that they're complaining about nothing and things are booming - here's an article from two Melbourne lock-downs ago - Nine/Fairfax;
Honestly I think most of the hospitality business that were going to fail from the pandemic already did during the second wave.
Melbourne facing another lockdown of 3 days?Seven day - confirmed.
You all scoffed at me when I said 12 months ago that this was the new normal.
Who in hell would want a cafe or restaurant in Melbourne, there's going to be utter devastation in hospitality and tourism in VIC as a result of this.
The businesses that remain have worked out now how to survive with the restrictions. Restaurants and cafes are still open, they are just doing home delivery or window service.
Menulog, Uber Eats, Deliveroo, et al...they are all thriving.
admitting the sector was on the brink of collapse.
"We're broken," he said.
"It doesn't matter what positivity we try and engender amongst my staff and our family, our kids, our community, but every time we get off the mat we seem to be dealt a blow.
"I really feel this time it's been so impactful, so devastating in every aspect."
"pall of sadness" had swept the city, with hospitality business owners grieving the devastating effects of the lockdown.
"I think the damage is going to be long-lasting, not just to the industry but the city," he said.
"The effects are going to be felt for years to come. There is a lot of post-traumatic mental damage being done to people. People last week were in tears. My staff, we're breaking down just at the news that we were going to go into a lockdown yet again.
"I think there's a real frustration but there's a real anger brewing in the city now."
But things are booming for hospitality in Victoria. Right?
Lots of emotive words from one guy doesn't mean the hospitality industry is collapsing. Yes businesses are doing it hard, but we hear this language from the hospitality industry every time and yet the hospitality venues remain in business.
The CBD businesses definitely have a crisis on their hands, but that is going to be an issue even without lockdows...as long as people are still working from home, they are in trouble. The work from home revolution has started and although I think people will eventually return to the CBD offices, it wont be for 5 days a week. Those days are over.
In the urban and suburban areas it's just not the case that hospitality is collapsing: business have found new ways of doing business and the laggards have been forced to catch up.
If anything this pandemic will make surviving hospitality businesses more resilient and diversified...this idea that running a restaurant means only having patrons sit inside was already becoming outdated or even niche.
And people will always need to eat and get smeg.
I would be more concerned for businesses like gyms, yoga and dance studios. Many have moved online, but its is far from optimal.