“Then we went home for espresso martinis,” she said, adding her friend’s mixology could come in handy during isolation.
“We kinda knew we’d be stuck at home for a long time so we thought we’d go out and have a drink and enjoy our freedoms,” the 31-year-old Sportsbet marketing executive said.
“It’s not great. I’ve just moved to the city and was pretty excited to see all the things I’d been missing out on … I had plans for the next six or seven nights, so it’s pretty devastating.
“I guess we’ll go back to doing what we were doing before [during the initial lockdown] – going out for runs, going to the gym, focusing on work. Back to all that again, so not that exciting.”
Further east along Bridge Road, Ryan Magnuson shared pizza and pasta at St Domenico with five friends to celebrate his girlfriend’s birthday, which was initially scheduled for Friday.
“So part of it was that, but also it was just the last time to see mates,” the 30-year-old said.
“It’s definitely busier [than a regular Wednesday] out here tonight. I was driving from my postcode to here and there’s been traffic everywhere.
“I’ve seen a few people bringing slabs out of their cars and stuff like that. My brother said he’s seeing mates and would be back before midnight, so they’re just having a few drinks before tomorrow.”
The Restaurant and Catering Industry Association called for a government support package – funded by the $60 billion JobKeeper underspend – to keep hospitality businesses afloat.
Reforms in the package would allow GST to be included on top of the price listed on menus and let businesses deduct meal purchases from tax returns.
Mr Lambert called the reimposition of harsh restrictions “devastating” and said it could cost the industry up to $1 billion.
“That revenue is not going to come back, it’s not going to be spent in the next six weeks after that,” he said.
“It’s gone. It’s gone forever.”
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Paul is a reporter for The Age.