Sadness at café closure

Joy Lindau said a prolonged drop in trade forced her to close her |Salacia’s Cafe.Pictures: Emma Reeves d420752
Joy Lindau said a prolonged drop in trade forced her to close her |Salacia’s Cafe.Pictures: Emma Reeves d420752

Joy and Stephen Lindau closed Salacia’s by the Sea in late May after receiving advice from the Small Business Development Centre and their lawyers.

Mrs Lindau started the business about a year ago and said the hardest part was telling her three employees, two who worked full-time and one part-time.

‘It feels like there’s been a death in the family,’ she said.

‘When you make an investment and you are not getting the return, you don’t keep going.’

Mrs Lindau said customer numbers dropped during the prolonged closure of the boat ramp, from October to April, and the month-long closure of Dewars Track, which is popular with four-wheel-drivers.

‘The boat ramp (closure) and the Dewars situation impacted on every business here,’ she said.

‘When they closed the track, my turnover dropped by 50 per cent.’

The couple said although they moved to Two Rocks five years ago to retire, they now planned to sell their properties and start travelling within the next three months.

Several other restaurants and food outlets continue to operate in Two Rocks.