Wagga cafes that opened over Easter have been flooded with customers, with one venue declaring it had seen its busiest weekend ever.
The city's hospitality industry had a successful weekend despite some venues being unable to sign up for the NSW government's $25 'Dine and Discover' vouchers, and some customers not using them over Easter.
Melba's Bakehouse & Eatery owner Drew Adams said his Baylis Street location had seen "the busiest weekend since we opened".
"It's been crazy, we've been smashed," he said.
"We were open over the whole four days and it was busy all the time. We thought [Monday] would give us a bit of a respite but it has probably been our busiest day."
Mr Adams said this Easter had been an "unbelievable" contrast with last year, which had seen businesses unable to offer sit-down service due to the pandemic.
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Mr Adams said Melba's had been unable to register for Dine and Discover before Easter as the bakehouse's ABN was linked to another takeaway-only business, but he was working through the issue with Service NSW.
The Dine and Discover pandemic economic recovery program provides two $25 vouchers for sit-down dining and two $25 vouchers for entertainment.
Scribbles Cafe owner Karen Jacobs said her venue had also been consistently busy over the whole four days of Easter and had seen a lot of customers use Dine and Discover vouchers.
"We had a lot of customers in and a lot of Dine and Discover vouchers, which is wonderful," she said.
"This is my first Easter of having a cafe so I couldn't really [say whether the vouchers brought more customers in] but from what I'm hearing the area is usually very busy over Easter and people are definitely taking advantage of Dine and Discover."
NSW Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello told a budget estimates hearing last week that "no single target has been put in place" for the percentage of vouchers used.
Melba's customers Emma and Adam Mayberry, a husband and wife with two children from Wagga, said they had yet to make use of the vouchers.
"I'll probably use the discover vouchers with the kids if we're travelling out of town," Mrs Mayberry said.
Mr Mayberry said the vouchers were a "good idea" and he planned to make use of them.
Bayleaf restaurant and cafe owner Mo Asad said the venue had been "slammed" over the weekend and had to turn away 20 customers on Saturday.
"It's been so busy," he said.
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