Sen said there's generally a sense of optimism with customers and that they are spending freely. However, the cafe and restaurant is short-staffed. A familiar scene playing out across Sydney's cafes and restaurants.
Labor shortages are hitting public-facing businesses the hardest, those already affected by months of rolling lockdowns in the two biggest cities of Sydney and Melbourne.
Government statistics show the number of non-resident workers in the country - often travellers with work visas - was down by two-thirds in the June quarter of 2021 from the start of 2020.
There are now some 300,000 fewer foreign students living in Australian than at the start of the pandemic, a drop of more than half.
That has left businesses in Sydney, home to a quarter of Australia's 2.2 million casual workforce, struggling to find staff as the city emerges from four months of lockdowns.