FACTORY Espresso joined a growing list of cafes not trading on Sundays but it is not an issue according to Orange City Council despite the city being marketed as a food and wine destination.
Council tourism manager Glenn Mickle said there was at least 34 places open on a Sunday for food in Orange and that list included pubs, clubs and fast food outlets.
Scrumptious on Summer is one of about three, non-chain, cafes open here on a Sunday.
The business recently started trading again on Sundays after being closed on the last day of the week for 18 months.
Owner Suzy Glasby said people needed to understand cafe owners are people too who have families and the cost of staffing on a weekend is high.
To employ a casual for eight hours on a Sunday, depending on what award they are paid under, could cost and extra $100 to $200.
A casual is generally paid around $22 per hour plus super and at time-and-a-half on Sunday, business owners pay about another $13 per hour.
Initially Mrs Glasby chose to close on a Sunday to spend time with her family as her husband travelled during the week for work.
Mrs Glasby was working 12-hour days, seven days a week.
“We did our maths and with a small incremental increase during the week, we could afford to close on a Sunday and recoup our costs,” she said.
“My family is all working here now after my husband was made redundant so we chose to open again.”
Mrs Glasby said she was fortunate to have a cafe on Summer Street so she could lure passing shoppers but believes many of the cafes which have closed did not have that luxury.
“Some Sundays you are run off your feet but some Sundays people just don’t come out, like last Sunday we were staffed to the hilt but I had to send staff home,” she said.
“You just can’t pick it.”
Orange City councillor Ash Brown said it was not a problem localised to Orange.
As a former cafe owner he could see why businesses might have closed on a Sunday due to financial reasons.
“It’s in Sydney as well,” he said.
“People need to lobby the government to scrap penalty rates because it’s a seven-day-a-week society now.”
Mr Mickle agreed that the trend of cafes in Orange closing on Sunday was not only a local problem.
“Sure some up-market places close on a Sunday but it isn’t everyone and when there are specialised events like Wine Week, when there is an increase in demand, those places do open,” he said.
“And the demand is increasing, like in our smaller villages, many of those places are opening again because the demand has increased.”
The owner of Factory Espresso Bill Parianos declined to comment on this issue.