Restaurant owners in the Shoals are getting back in the swing of things and seeing some customers in person for the first time in a while.
Hugo Villagrana, the owner of La Hacienda in Florence, said he's missed seeing his customers in person. His business has done curbside orders for over two months. On Monday, under Gov. Kay Ivey's orders, Villagrana opened up for dine-in services.
"I don't have customers, I have family and I have friends that support this place," said Villagrana.
About five different groups of customers were in La Hacienda, with more people coming and going. Villagrana seated everyone and had them spaced out over six feet apart.
"We took some of the tables out so we can have the space," said Villagrana, as he showed the changes they've made.
At every other booth, signs remind people to social distance and the new house rules of seating and sanitizing. All employees were wearing masks, too.
"Every 45 minutes to an hour, we're wiping and cleaning down everything," said Villagrana.
Villagrana said it's a different way of doing business, but he's just glad to see familiar faces again.
"When we pull together, we can go through the tough time and we're going to make it. We're going to make it," said Villagrana.
Villagrana said at first, his sales did take a hit when it was to-go orders only, but business picked back up, and he said Monday he's been pretty busy.