THE coronavirus hasn't stopped a Warrnambool family from making a bold move to take over a popular city lunch spot and give it a whole new look.
In fact the upheaval to many of Glenn and Donna Scott's events and catering activities this year is exactly what has encouraged them to open a new pursuit.
The couple will open Daily Grain on Tuesday in Koroit Street at the site of former Paninis Cafe, offering a lunch and breakfast menu.
"I've been in the event industry for the last 30 years and at the moment there are no events," Mr Scott said.
"It is an unusual time to open a business, but you have to be positive and think 'if we don't now when will we?'"
The couple also manage kiosks at the Warrnambool Saleyards, and Surfside and Shipwreck Bay holiday parks.
"The difference in this one is that it's the in-town business," Mr Scott said.
He said nearby roundabout street works and the virus had challenged businesses in the past year, but the site remained a "great location" for CBD lunch trade.
"The more shops we can fill the better the town is going to be. Full shops breed full shops. That's what we need to be thinking about not just during the virus," Mr Scott said.
"Warrnambool is really lucky to have many fantastic coffee shops, we decided we don't want to be another one, so let's do what they were doing originally."
The focaccias, salad rolls and hot food harks back to the site's past menu, but the renovated eatery's new ceiling and walls give it a different feel, Mr Scott said.
It also now employs four new staff.
"We have no idea when we will have crowds," Mr Scott said.
"It's a great location and hopefully we can get the trade back and turn it into a nice little businesses.
"We have some new things that we want to do and that will be unique to Warrnambool.
"It's about being prepared and ready if success comes with it."
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