When the coronavirus pandemic hit, Jess Chapman's work hours were cut from about 30 a week to just six.
But there's a silver lining to this for residents in Warrnambool.
The 34-year-old, who has worked in hospitality for almost two decades, decided to buy Morriss Road Takeaway.
"I couldn't find another job with the same amount of hours," Mrs Chapman said.
"I thought, if I can't get something with the hours I need, I need to create something for myself."
Mrs Chapman said she had always dreamt of opening her own business.
That dream came true on June 29 when she opened the doors for the first time in two years and she has been flat out ever since.
"It's been crazy," she said.
"Last week was so busy."
Mrs Chapman said she was delighted a number of customers had thanked her for re-opening the business.
"A lot of the older people were having to go down to the highway to get their papers, they are grateful they can now get them from here again," she said.
Mrs Chapman said lunch was the busiest time, when tradesmen and other workers duck in to grab some hot chips or a burger.
"I wanted people to be able to come in, grab something and head off again," she said.
Mrs Chapman said she was overwhelmed by the support from Warrnambool residents.
She said a number of business owners in the area were encouraging their staff to support the eatery.
"I'm so grateful for all the support," she said.
The business opens from 5.30am to 7pm Monday to Friday and 7.30am to 2pm on Saturdays. It is not in competition to the fish and chip shop at the Morriss Road complex, which has closed.
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