Renowned restaurant adds mannequins amid social distancing

WASHINGTON, Va. (AP) — One of the nation’s most famed eating places says mannequins will add a contact of caprice and assist with social distancing when prospects return to its grand eating room later this month.

Mannequins wearing superb 1940’s-style apparel have been already theatrically staged Thursday at The Inn at Little Washington, tucked within the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains about 90 minutes west of Washington, D.C.

Although enterprise restrictions are set to start easing in some components of Virginia on Friday, eating places can solely serve dine-in prospects in an out of doors house. The three-Michelin-star restaurant has opted to attend till May 29 to renew eating service indoors.

“When we needed to solve the problem of social distancing and reducing our restaurant’s occupancy by half, the solution seemed obvious — fill it with interestingly dressed dummies,” chef and proprietor Patrick O’Connell stated in a press release. “This would allow plenty of space between real guests and elicit a few smiles and provide some fun photo ops.”

O’Connell, a self-taught prepare dinner, is a a number of James Beard Award winner, in addition to the 2019 recipient of the James Beard Foundation’s lifetime achievement award. He was additionally awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2019.

“We’re all craving to gather and see other people right now,” O’Connell stated. “They don’t all necessarily need to be real people.”

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