A Promising Start For Wellington Hospo

From one percent of its regular turnover to a packed lunch service, Wellesley Boutique Hotel in central Wellington is slowly bouncing back.

Hospitality businesses around the capital are hoping for an increase in traffic after a quiet first week at level 2 and current alert levels in place for another week.

Wellesley general manager Stephen Edwards said they'd had a full restaurant for lunch early this week. Some customers had mentioned they'd read about the hotel's slow-going and wanted to show their support.

With three groups of more than 10, Edwards said they were almost back to pre-lockdown operation.

After a disastrous first day at level 2, customer numbers across Mojo's 24 cafes appear to be on the rise.

Mojo Coffee chief executive Pierre van Heerden said the stores did 45 percent of their average turnover, a 15 to 20 percent increase from last week.

Although it's better, said Heerden, it's nowhere near the turnover of last year's level 2. It would help a lot if government employees went back to work.

Cafe 93 manager Mandy Yang said they were still only seeing around a third of their regular customers and were also waiting for the public servants to return.

Pravda Cafe and Grill is down to half its customers during this level 2, compared to the 70 percent of customers during level 2 last year.

The weekend saw many people making a special trip to dine-in than just stop by for a coffee during the workday.