Cafe owner Marino Plagiotis adapts to new business hours post-COVID

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Workers are refusing to return to Sydney’s central business district, leaving experts divided on whether the city should adapt to the “new normal” or force people back to work.

Hungry Bean Cafe owner Marino Plagiotis has moved his cafe to a different location and changed his business hours, replacing wasted hours on Monday and Friday with late night and weekends to adapt his business to post-Covid times.

“The corporate sector is not coming back five days a week, it’s really more three days,” Plagiotis said.

Hungry Bean Cafe in Sydney. Photo tripadvisor.
Hungry Bean Cafe in Sydney. Photo: tripadvisor.

According to The Daily Telegraph, a DSpark report showed that just 73 per cent of Sydney’s workers have returned to the CBD, compared to 2019 numbers which makes it the second least-recovered city across the nation for CBD workers post-pandemic, ­behind Melbourne.

Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) – which commissioned the report – has since called for a shift from public transport timetables, parking facilities and repurpose offices, to cater for the “new normal”.

However, Executive director of Business Sydney, Paul Nicolaou, believes this is too premature and would want to see more people encouraged to return to the office.

“Let’s certainly adapt to current realities, but that doesn’t mean having to accept that the CBD can’t get its mojo back as a vibrant 24/7 global city,” Nicolaou said.

Source: The Daily Telegraph

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