Cafe takes Root with regulars
CAFES and restaurants in NSW are enjoying stronger increases in turnover than anywhere else in the country.
New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows an increase in national turnover of 9%, to $23.8 billion, in the year to March.
While NSW forged ahead of the pack, retail trades continued to go backwards in the ACT, South Australia and the Northern Territory.
"NSW continues to be the star performer, with industry turnover increasing to $7.8 billion, a growth rate of 14.7%," Restaurant and Catering Australia chief executive John Hart said.
It is good news for Tweed Heads businessman Vojtek Brozio, who has seen slow but steady growth at the Ginger Root Cafe since opening it two years ago.
"It's going slowly, but it (turnover) is going up as we are growing up," he said.
"The first year was very hard - we took over a business which was very old-fashioned and didn't really have any regular customers.
"We almost just took over their equipment and their place and started from scratch.
"Now we have our regulars and we are slowly getting more and more."