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Dallas Businesses React To Aerial Spraying

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – With 80 percent of its seating outdoors, the manager of Aw Shucks worries customers will stay away on what they hoped would be a busy night on the patio.

“I would hate to see it hurt our business on one of the first cool nights we’ve had,” said Lisa Hernandez, Aw Shucks General Manager.

The Greenville Avenue restaurant is right in the middle of the target area for aerial insecticide spraying scheduled to begin around 10 Thursday night.

Not far away the Dallas Arboretum had workers cover ponds to protect its fish from the fallout and even canceled a special evening exhibit of the Chihuly glass sculptures.

“We just felt it right to just close it down tonight,” said Cris Emerich, Vice President of Marketing Dallas Arboretum.

Perhaps no one is more concerned about the potential impact of aerial spraying than the owners of the Garden Cafe in Old East Dallas. An 8000 square foot garden supplies the restaurant with fruits and vegetables with a lot of honey bees to help them grow.

The cafe has invested a lot of time and money into raising its own produce in their garden like fresh okra. They say there is little they can do to protect the garden

“It’s going to be impossible to cover this entire garden, so washing is the only alternative we’ve got,” said Dale Wooten, Garden Cafe Owner.

While businesses like the Garden Cafe brace for the impact of aerial spraying, they hold out hope it will be minimal.

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