AKB, Bloom Hit Pause; State Orders Salons To Close

By on March 19, 2020

Ariane Kitchen & Bar announced on its Instagram page this afternoon that, as a result of the coronavirus COVID-19, it has been forced to temporarily close.

“We thank you for your continued patronage and support,” it wrote. “However, it is in our best interest to close our doors for the time being. We are anticipating our re-opening and hope to see you all very soon. Stay safe and healthy. Thank you.”

AKB becomes the second Verona restaurant to close as a result of the rules imposed by the state of New Jersey to stop the spread of the pandemic. Bloom, the French-Korean restaurant that opened on Bloomfield Avenue near Grove last year, announced a temporary closure on its Instagram page on Tuesday.

On Monday, the state ordered gyms, fitness centers and fitness classes to close to the public until further notice. Restaurants, food businesses and bars were allowed to stay open, but they could only offer takeout or delivery, not on-premise dining.

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On Thursday afternoon, Gov. Phil Murphy extended the business ban to hair and nail salons, tattoo shops and social clubs, which all must close as of 8 p.m.

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