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A restaurant in Amsterdam has adapted to the new normal of social distancing in the current COVID-19 pandemic by housing diners in small greenhouses, also known as “serres séparées,” on the waterfront.
Mediamatic Eten allows two to three people to dine together in an intimate setting while being isolated from other patrons.
The vegan restaurant offers a candle-lit four-course dining experience ideally for two diners that are living together. The restaurant has built five greenhouses in total, and has plans to open on 21 May.
Diner Janita Vermeulen told Reuters that the waiters at Mediamatic wear gloves and “transparent face shields” to prevent the spread of the virus. They also use longboards to serve meals, ensuring there is no contact between diners and servers.
“We are now learning how to do the cleaning, how to do the service, how to get the empty plates how again in an elegant way, so you still feel taken care of nicely,” said Willem Velthoven of Mediamatic.
The restaurant also revealed in a Facebook post that it will be opening its normal dining area, but safety precautions will be in place for diners to maintain social distancing.
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Serres Sépparées is one of our new dining concepts. With the current situation it's difficult to open a restaurant with limited space. So why don't we add to our location and create a safe and intimate home for partners to reconnect, with the outside world at their own leisure. ⠀ ⠀ Our signature plant-based cuisine will be available for guests to enjoy in one bubbles or in the newly renovated main restaurant. ⠀ ⠀ #gastronomy #smartdining #diner #plantbased #food #restaurant #mediamatic #dijksgracht #oosterdok #amsterdam #sunset
New reality! Quarantine greenhouse restaurant in Amsterdam. pic.twitter.com/PKl5NFhs5n— Joanna Boudreau (@BoudreauJoanna) May 8, 2020
A restaurant in Amsterdam tested their distance-conscious dinner service with patrons sitting in greenhouse-like glass enclosures pic.twitter.com/XCNuJfJw0s— Bloomberg QuickTake (@QuickTake) May 6, 2020
[via Insider, opening image via Mediamatic Eten]