This Michelin three star restaurant is using filling up empty tables and spaces with mannequins to make social distancing less awkward

Three Michelin star restaurant using mannequins.


People with automatonophobia (fear of mannequins and statues) should steer clear of D.C. area’s only restaurant with three Michelin stars, The Inn at Little Washington, even after it opens its doors on 29th May. news doing the rounds is some parts of the country may be starting to lift some coronavirus restrictions. In compliance with these restrictions where restaurants can be allowed to operate for half-capacity outdoor seating, the Inn plans to use sassily dressed mannequins to fill up its dining room so people don’t feel odd. In all honesty, I think it’s the mannequins that will make guests feel odd instead of a half-filled space. What will further contribute to making you feel out of place is how these mannequins will be dressed in 1940s attire, complete with era-appropriate hair and makeup. It’s totally freaky, right? Almost like going into a restaurant that magically teleports you back in time and then you can’t hear (read: eavesdrop) a single human conversation but sees a room full of statues. What are these waiters pouring in their wine you’ll wonder! No matter what I think, Chef and proprietor Patrick O’Connell, a James Beard award-winner, is conceptualizing these intricate scenes to comply with capacity regulations, implemented in light of the coronavirus pandemic.


The restaurant will also be offering a guided Garden and Grounds Tour and Box Lunch from 11 am to 1 pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, starting on Memorial Day weekend. Tickets are $50 per person.

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[Via: Town and Country Mag]