Gladstone's open cafe's get rush after ANZAC dawn service
THE two Goondoon St Café's that opened their doors this morning were rewarded with a rush of customers at the end of this morning's dawn service at ANZAC Park.
Goondoon St shop fronts were fairly quiet this morning, aside from dawn service attendees who strolled past on their way to Lightbox or The Coffee Club.
But Lightbox manager Brandon Woodham said he'd need to wait until the tills were counted before he knew if the café was making money.
While it was busy with families and ex-serviceman, he said the extra rates on public holidays made it difficult to tell if the café would make money.
But he said the café usually opens on public holidays as a "service to the community", rather than to make money.
Across the road at The Coffee Club, manager Tracey Hanna said the café "got a rush after the dawn service" and it was still bustling at around 7.30am.
Ms Hanna said The Coffee Club opens most public holidays and still gets busy, adding "when there's a demand, shops will open".
But she said she understood why some small businesses had to weigh up whether it's worth opening, as "penalty rates are tough".