Race loos leave bad taste for cafe
A Hamilton cafe owner is crying foul over the placement of several portable toilets for yesterday's Round the Bridges race.
Chefs International Cafe owner Ramesh Chand closed his cafe for a second year after organisers of the race dumped their toilets in front of his cafe in Garden Place.
Mr Chand said he lost more than $1000 in takings yesterday as he felt obliged to close his doors for health reasons.
"We are losing customers already because of the food places they bring in . . . And then they put toilets there," he said.
"It happened last year, too, and I complained . . . They promised that this year they were not going to do this."
Mr Chand said as he pays for a range of permits including liquor licences and food safety certificates, it is unfair that organisers can stop him from making money.
"There's so much money spent on running our business so how come they are just not letting us?"
He said he made every effort to alert organisers to the situation and to suggest other places for the toilets, but to no avail.
"I made videos and took photos of places where they could put it.
"There's a big grass area where there's nothing," he said.
Mr Chand said he had also been disadvantaged because ambulances were parked outside, leaving no space for his outdoor furniture
"There's ambulances there as well. I don't know why they put ambulances in between the toilets, this is a health concern," he said.
He said he had received complaints from customers dining on Saturday night and is hoping the toilets are removed as soon as possible so he can go back to business as usual.
Event organisers were unavailable for comment yesterday.