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Restaurants re-open dining rooms

Posted at 5:34 PM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 18:34:25-04

Restaurants across Acadiana are preparing for a rush tonight as diners are allowed to eat in.

Capacity is capped at 25%, that's including customers and employees.

For the first time in five weeks, Drago's dining room is now open.

"We're ready to serve everyone our amazing food and give great service to everyone. We can't wait for them to enjoy the experience they're used to having here," said Candice King, Drago's Assistant General Manager.

This morning, staff was hard at work moving tables and chairs out of the restaurant and spacing the remaining areas.

"We have everything spaced out by the proper guidelines throughout the restaurant, the bar and our patio," King said. "We have sanitation stations set up throughout the restaurant as well. We want the guests to feel safe and comfortable when they come here and still be able to enjoy the food and atmosphere that they love and that we're known for."

King said while some see the 25% capacity as a challenge, they run a lean staff and they're excited to serve customers again.

"Everyone is well diverse and will jump in wherever needed. Whether it's a dishwasher, bartender, all the way through our management staff. Everyone is eager to help make this run properly," King said.

Gracie Baukman and her family were one of the first to enjoy dining in.

"We haven't been out to eat since February or something like that," Baukman said.

Today, she's celebrating her graduation from UL and enjoying some of Drago's famous charbroiled oysters.

"We love the oysters here!"

Baukman said she feels comfortable dining out because she knows the staff is following proper social distancing and sanitation guidelines.

"Look at him, he's wearing gloves and a mask. I think they're doing a great job," Baukman said.

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