Sydneysiders flock to Lindt cafe’s reopening
SYDNEY'S Lindt cafe has reopened to a line of waiting customers, three months after the siege which claimed the lives of two people.
Hundreds of Sydney-siders waited outside the cafe in Martin Place in the early hours of Friday morning.
Its reopening was considered a symbolic return to normalcy for the city, which came to a standstill when gunman Man Haron Monis took staff and customers hostage last December.
New South Wales Premier Mike Baird made an appearance, paying special tribute to cafe worker Joel Herat who was back behind the counter after being taken captive during the siege.
"I don't think any of us can imagine what that would be like. I said to him that the city was very proud of him," Mr Baird said.
"They are there because they believe in those who went through what they did.
"They are saying they want to be strong for their friends, they want to be strong for their state."
Two gold plaques were unveiled at the cafe entrance, commemorating cafe manager Tori Johnson and barrister Katrina Dawson, who were killed.
Lindt Australia chief executive Steve Loane said the sadness would never leave, but called the day "a fresh start".