NJ business owners say return of indoor dining will help them stay afloat

This holiday weekend, many residents in New Jersey are enjoying indoor dining for the first time in almost six months.

News 12 Staff

Sep 5, 2020, 9:15 PM

Updated 1,324 days ago

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This holiday weekend, many residents in New Jersey are enjoying indoor dining for the first time in almost six months. 
Gov. Phil Murphy announced that restaurants are able to open indoor seating at 25% capacity Friday.
Business owners who spoke with News 12 say they are thrilled, and that this will really help businesses that have been struggling over the past few months.
At Belo Bar in Hoboken, the restaurant is routinely cleaned and tables are 6 feet apart.
Owner Amine Chenguiti says he was getting ready to give up and close up shop because it was very difficult to keep the restaurant afloat with just outdoor dining and take out. He says indoor dining, even at a quarter capacity, is welcomed news.
There is a similar socially-distant layout in place at nearby La Casa. Manager Alan Fox says being able to offer some indoor seating is great for business.
He says, "We've been very busy yesterday, we've been busy today, so we are optimistic."
Business owners say they have noticed many of their patrons are coming over to Hoboken from New York City since indoor dining there is still prohibited.


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