Double hit as owner forced to close two businesses
No rent relief, thousands of dollars of wasted food, forced business closures and no certainty of when it will all end.
Owning a food business during the turbulent times of COVID-19 is stressful, but spare a thought for a man who owns six. Or at least, he did.
Noosa’s Carlos Vanselow is the proud owner of well-known Noosa cafes and restaurants Maisies, Pasta Pronto, Grind, Moondoggies, and two Santorinis restaurants.
To say Queensland’s social lockdowns and border restrictions have impacted his businesses is a vast understatement.
Add to that the fires that decimated parts of the Coast last year, and the past year is one Mr Vanselow would rather forget.
Despite his best efforts, the food entrepreneur has been forced to close the doors on two of his six businesses.
And if a second virus wave hits the Coast, he can’t guarantee there won’t be more closures.
“Noosa is a tourist area, with no tourists no one will survive,” he said.
“If we have to lockdown again after all this hardship, it’ll be our last breath.”
Mr Vanselow said the government assistance was helpful, but a number of fixed business costs, and a lack of support from some of his landlords was ultimately impacting his business survival.
“I have landlords that didn’t help me with one dollar of rent,” he said.
“I understand the landlords have to survive as well, but some weeks we have had zero customers.”
Despite this challenging chapter, the resilient business owner was remaining positive.
“I have chopped off a foot, but I’m still walking,” Mr Vanselow said.
“We will wait till the end of year, something will turn up.
“I do a lot of planning and forecasting. I’m confident it will come back.
“I am a survivor. I will survive.”