Dining with Mannequins: A Way to Make Social Distancing Tolerable or Terrifying Idea?

The world may be opening back up, but social distancing will be a way of life for a long time to come. Going to sporting events, movie theaters, and restaurants may resume with fewer attendees/patrons, meaning even “full houses” will be relatively sparse. It could be a shock as people adjust to a new normal.

Well, one restaurant in Washington D.C. may have come up with a novel solution–or a terrifyingly bad idea! According to Eater:

“The D.C. area’s only restaurant with three Michelin stars, famous for show-stopping presentations of its haute American tasting menus, has come up with an equally theatrical — albeit, a little creepy — way to make its dining room fell less empty while social distancing protocols go into place. When the Inn at Little Washington can host visitors inside its glamorous, rural Virginia digs, chef Patrick O’Connell plans to seat unused tables with mannequins wearing vintage, 1940s-style outfits.”

Obviously O’Connell has never heard of “The Uncanny Valley”, and he’s certainly never seen The Twilight Zone episode “After Hours”. Otherwise, he’d realize that mannequins are fucking scary!

What do you think of the Inn at Little Washington’s plans to fill empty seats with mannequins? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can also carry on the convo with me personally on Twitter @josh_millican.



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