Michelin-starred restaurant Inn at Little Washington places Mannequins in Restaurant to fill the occupancy

The three-Michelin-star restaurant has opted to wait until May 29 to resume dining service indoors.
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One of the country's most renowned restaurants in Washington has adopted Mannequins dressed in 1940’s style

According to the restaurant mannequins will add a touch of whimsy and help with social distancing when customers return to its grand dining room later this month.

The Inn at Little Washington, tucked in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains about 90 minutes west of Washington, D.C. has staged the same earlier this Thursday.

Although business restrictions are set to begin easing in some parts of Virginia on Friday, restaurants can only serve dine-in customers in an outdoor space.

The three-Michelin-star restaurant has opted to wait until May 29 to resume dining 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," shared Patrik O’ Connell, Chef and Proprietor in a statement.

"This would allow plenty of space between real guests and elicit a few smiles and provide some fun photo ops,” added O'Connell, a self-taught cook who has won multiple James Beard Awards and was the 2019 recipient of the James Beard Foundation's lifetime achievement award. He was also awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2019.

"We're all craving to gather and see other people right now," O'Connell said. "They don't all necessarily need to be real people.

 

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