Foodies come out in the good times
RESULTS of a poll that found Australians were eating out more this year than last year have met with a patchy reception in Bundaberg.
The Galaxy research poll published this week found that 20% of Australians 18 or older were eating out more.
One in three Australians was going out for a meal once a week.
Sabrosa Steakhouse owner Storm Law, who has operated the business for three years, was in enthusiastic agreement with the poll results.
“It’s definitely been better than last year,” she said.
“Last year was pretty shocking with talk of a recession.”
Mrs Law said she had noticed that dinner was a more popular meal to eat out at than lunch.
“We definitely do better at dinner,” she said.
Two Viva Italia employees agreed the business had had an upturn.
As the two enjoyed a meal on the pavement in the CBD yesterday, Jason Watson said that as people got older they ate out more, in search of different tastes and food experiences.
“Over the last few years it has improved,” he said.
Viva Italia manager Andrew Harris said a lot of the credit should go to hit TV show MasterChef.
“It’s definitely lifted awareness of food and encouraged people to go out and try new things,” he said.
Mr Harris said Viva Italia had not been affected by the economic crisis last year.
But at Thai Tulips, part owner Artchaun Thinit said he thought the situation was the other way around.
“Last year we did very well,” he said. “This year has been very tough.”
He said restaurateurs around the state who offered the same cuisine as Thai Tulips told the same story.
“Last year with the stimulus bonus more people were eating out,” he said.
“People had more money to spend.”
This year, with interest rates back up, middle income earners were affected.
But Indian Curry Bazaar and Takeaway owner Pam Samra said she agreed with the results of the poll.
“With us it’s more takeaway than dine in, but that has improved too,” she said.