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Food for thought: Belfast cafe and sandwich deli owners hoping for swift return of office workers after coronavirus lockdown

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It's known in the cafe and sandwich bar trade as the 'golden hour' - that lunchtime slot when workers leave their desks and pop out for a sandwich or a sweet treat, providing peak footfall for businesses

It's known in the cafe and sandwich bar trade as the 'golden hour' - that lunchtime slot when workers leave their desks and pop out for a sandwich or a sweet treat, providing peak footfall for businesses

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Roisin Robertson

Roisin Robertson

Annette McQuillan and her father Andrew McGirk

Annette McQuillan and her father Andrew McGirk

Tony Rice

Tony Rice

Kieran Sloan

Kieran Sloan

Marie Moylan

Marie Moylan

It's known in the cafe and sandwich bar trade as the 'golden hour' - that lunchtime slot when workers leave their desks and pop out for a sandwich or a sweet treat, providing peak footfall for businesses

It's known in the cafe and sandwich bar trade as the 'golden hour' - that lunchtime slot when workers leave their desks and pop out for a sandwich or a sweet treat, providing peak footfall for businesses.

And yesterday as Prime Minister Boris Johnson was encouraging employers to bring back workers to offices in England next month, some cafe and sandwich deli owners in Belfast city centre were also appealing for the Executive to follow suit.

Kieran Sloan, owner of Sawers Deli in the Fountain Centre, said it was clear if offices do not reopen soon, it is going to have a "devastating" impact on the city.