NYC barber plans DJ, stocked bar to have a good time reopening


Monday goes to be a nice hair day in New York Metropolis!

Large Apple barbershops and salons are making ready to go all-out as town enters Part Two of reopening from its coronavirus closure Monday — with one proprietor even establishing a DJ sales space and a bar to have a good time.

“Drinks are able to go. You may’t spell barbershop with out ‘bar,’” stated Alex Shamuelov, co-owner of Ace of Cuts barbershop within the East Village.

To toast town coming again to life, he plans to supply prospects refreshments from a completely stocked bar contained in the store on East sixth Road close to Avenue A, and arrange an out of doors DJ desk, he stated.

“Our prospects can’t wait. They’ve been telling us how a lot they miss us. I can’t wait to see all people, how a lot hair has grown on their heads, and what I’m going to remodel them into.”

The town’s much-anticipated second reopening section — which additionally permits outside eating at eating places, in-person retail buying and open playgrounds — got here not a minute too quickly for some New Yorkers, who say they’ve been suffering from perpetual dangerous hair days.

“I’ve been trimming and taking good care of cut up ends myself, however I’ve accomplished no styling in any respect. It’s a catastrophe,” stated Elizabeth Brief, a 22-year-old pupil within the East Village, whose shoulder-length brown hair has turn into dry and unruly.

“I’ve just about resigned myself to placing it up in a bun or ponytail,” she added. “I’m trying ahead to lastly carrying it down and feeling fairly once more.”

Salon and barbershop house owners will, nonetheless, should navigate new coronavirus rules. The chop outlets can solely reopen at 50 % capability and prospects should be saved six-feet away from everybody however their stylist.

Tim Toohey, proprietor of the brand new salon-barbershop hybrid Public Picture NYC, stated he’s accomplished “1,000,000 little issues” resembling shopping for tubs of hand sanitizer and masks for purchasers, together with rearranging the reception space to present purchasers more room.

And he’s “tremendous excited” to lastly begin lopping off locks on the West 27th Road studio in Chelsea — which was purported to open in April however was delayed by the pandemic.

“I’m listening to from individuals who can’t wait to repair the botched haircut their partner or pal tried on them,” he stated.

Different barber outlets house owners stated they deliberate to separate chairs with see-through plastic curtains not less than six ft aside, and to make use of sign-up sheets to encourage prospects to not linger contained in the enterprise.

In the meantime, house owners of Manhattan eateries had been gearing up Sunday for the return of out of doors eating.

Brendan McElroy, managing accomplice of St. Dymphna’s Irish pub, was establishing 5 tables exterior the enterprise in anticipation of extra individuals being out and about.

“That is mainly going to offer some type of place for a restricted variety of prospects to sit down and luxuriate in some drinks,” McElroy stated on the watering gap, which serves pub grub on Avenue A close to East Seventh Road. “Any type of return to normalcy, as minor as it might be, is thrilling at this level.”

He added, “We’ve got an in-house carpenter who’s going to be making customized flower packing containers to surround tables and to dam off road visitors, and create a little bit patio.”

The reopening of St. Dymphnas restaurant in Manhattan.
The reopening of St. Dymphnas restaurant in Manhattan.G.N.Miller/NYPost

The house owners of different eateries stated they plan to tweak regular eating practices to make them extra germ-safe.

“New Yorkers need their social life again… however their habits have modified. So as an example we gained’t offer menus at tables,” stated Paolo Rossi, co-owner of Giano restaurant on East Seventh Road within the East Village.

As an alternative, prospects will be capable to scan a bar code to entry the menu on their cellphones to keep away from touching something that makes them uncomfortable, he stated.

Omar Tawakol, managing accomplice on the East Village hookah bar Horus Cafe, stated he plans to reopen with six to eight outside tables.

“We’re going to hold it sanitary. I’ve over 250 hookahs, and I’m going to ensure that no hookah will get used twice in the identical day, to remove any risk of contamination,” he stated. “A whole lot of bars went out of enterprise throughout this pandemic … So the individuals which might be nonetheless in enterprise, they’re hustlers.”

The reopening preparations got here as Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday stated New York state’s coronavirus metrics are “on the precise path,” with fewer than one % of the 67,526 checks administered in New York state coming again constructive.

Below Part 2 of the state’s reopening plan, automotive dealerships and actual property companies may additionally open, together with homes of worship at 25 % capability.

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