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Brew up...One Chef Kitchen barrista Jane Walsh makes a coffee in the cafe on Wednesday. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

The distinctive aroma of coffee is once again wafting out of cafes on Gore’s Main St.

One Chef Kitchen, Cafe Ambience and Capri Restaurant all opened on Tuesday when Covid-19 Alert Level 3 came into effect.

Each business is open for reduced hours in the morning until early afternoon.

Cafe Ambience owner Janice Paterson said she was “blown away” with the support of customers.

“I hope they continue to shop local and help us out a wee bit,” Mrs Paterson said.

“It’s been tough times, that’s for sure but not just for us.

“It’s tough for everybody.”

Some customers had given money to pay the bill of essential workers who came to the cafe.

“The generosity of our community has come to the fore.”

The business had received some income through the SOS Cafe which enabled people to buy vouchers online which could be redeemed after lockdown ceased.

“A lot of vouchers have been sold through that which has been nice money flowing through to help out with our accounts.”

Capri Restaurant owner Steven Tutty said it had been worthwhile opening.

“We’re trying to get the ball rolling and to let people know we are open again, get the staff back into work mode,”Mr Tutty said.

“It’s a start to help paying a few bills.”

The business was selling takeaway meals.

“We’re also selling a lot of product off our breakfast and lunch menu as well.”

One Chef Kitchen owner Kathryn Mitchell said there had been a good response from customers so far.

“It will be even better when we move to Level 2,” Mrs Mitchell said.

“It’s a bit bizarre with not having the people in town and the shops open but so far really, really good, really happy.”

She had enjoyed catching up with customers.

“So many people are affected in so many ways which is all very interesting, listening to their stories.”

As well as the usual cafe food selection people could buy meals that were either freshly made or frozen.