Not too far, in the Netherlands, a restaurant called Mediamatic Eten had installed “separated greenhouses” along their waterfront, to allow for social distancing. According to Insider Magazine, the waiters wore “face shields” when serving their customers to ensure the highest level of social distancing. Although this may be too extreme, many who have been to the restaurant have said the view and the food was definitely worth it.
Yet another odd practice, in the United States, is at none other than Inn at Little Washington in Washington, Virginia. Like many restaurants in the United States, the Inn at Little Washington redesigned their restaurant to fit the social distancing protocols. Some have decided to move tables farther apart, but Inn at Little Washington went a step further and put Mannequins in their seats. I’m not sure if the Michelin Star Restaurant & their team wanted to purposefully scare off guests or just wanted to fill in space.
Regardless of their different strategies, restaurants across the world are making changes to their style, menu, and practices to adjust to the social distancing protocols. Whether it is putting a mannequin or a stuffed animal in seats or introducing a new menu item, restaurants seemingly are ready to have their restaurants be back into the business.