Award coverage for cafés

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The Restaurant Award covers cafés that mainly provide a sit down and table service.

The Fast Food Award covers cafés that sell coffee, food and other packaged items for customers to mostly take away.


Popular Café operates in a small Melbourne laneway.

They have a couple of tables inside but the café mostly sells drinks and snacks for their customers to take away.

Popular Café is covered by the Fast Food Award.

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