Business owners pleased with large turnout during phase one of reopening

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The phone is constantly ringing at Bichonne Nails Spa in Baton Rouge.

“I’m answering calls until 11pm,” Kim Vu, manager of Bichonne, said. 

The stay at home order has only been lifted for one weekend and business is already booming.

“We’ve had maybe 200 people in and out,” Vu said.

But there are new rules for those who want to get their nails done. A sign outside of the door blocks people from coming in without an appointment. Inside, barriers have been put up at each workstation and equipment is covered and thoroughly cleaned.

“Once inside we do a temperature check, we ask a series of questions to make sure everyone ‘s being safe,” Vu said.

Because of the high demand the salon is booked days in advance. Vu says she didn’t expect business to be this busy this soon.

“I was shocked about how fast our appointment book got filled up,” she said. “Everything that’s going is everything is a blessing.”

Same goes for Dragos restaurant. Tommy Cvitanovich owns the restaurants. He says over the weekend business was great.

“For me, it was kind of like Christmas morning,” he said. “It’s so nice to see people in the restaurant sitting down getting oysters on a plate.”

The restaurant looks a lot different. A dining room made for 500 has been transformed to only seat 100. A sanitizing machine greets patrons when they walk in. 

Both owners say they hope as more restrictions are loosened businesses continue to thrive.

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