Social Distance: Dutch restaurant trials private greenhouses for diners

A restaurant in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Mediamatic Biotoop has devised a means for diners to observe social distance and stay open during the coronavirus pandemic by seating them inside individual greenhouses.

Checkout Magazine learnt the restaurant located in Oosterdok neighborhood of Amsterdam is seeking to secure official permission from the state to operate the idea after its trial phase.

Willem Velthoven, founding partner of Mediamatic, was quoted by NL Times as saying, “This was one of the most feasible ideas from a large list of ideas we had when brainstorming,”

The resultant five glass dining domes, called serres séparées (“separate rooms” in French), allow two to three diners to enjoy a four-course, plant-based meal alongside the picturesque Dijksgracht canal while completely cordoned off. Waiters pass dishes through the door from a safe distance, and to further ensure social distancing, only groups that live in the same house are permitted to share the pod, New York Post reports.

“Here things can happen that should remain hidden from plain sight and not be heard by all,” the restaurant said.

And it appears epicures are clamoring to get a reservation, which begins on May 21. “We only had tickets for June and the last week of May online and they are now all sold out,” Velthoven told the NL Times.

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