The Coronavirus pandemic has hit the hospitality industry hard.
As we adapt to our socially distant lifestyle, it is impossible to imagine the prospect of eating in a restaurant in close proximity with other guests.
A restaurant in Amsterdam has tested a concept in which guests eat by the water in closed greenhouses and receive food from a long wooden board.
The staff at the Mediamatic Eten restaurant tried out the “Serres Séparées” concept (French for “separate greenhouses”) in Oosterdok, an island dock in the Dutch capital.
The restaurant plans to start the greenhouse dining experience in June, when the ban on restrictions in the Netherlands abates and bar terraces reopen. Under these restrictions, restaurants, bars, cinemas, theaters and museums can be put back into operation, but people must reserve in advance and keep a distance of 1.5 meters.
The restaurant says the greenhouses are only suitable for people who are “already intimate together”.
“We want people to still feel safe eating and eating together,” Giulia Soldati, cook at Mediamatic Eten, told BBC News. “All rooms are separate, but people can share the room and eat together. We will always be outside to make sure it is safe. We will wear gloves and a protective mask.”
Soldati said the staff will never cross the greenhouse threshold and the interior of the structure is the guests’ room.
The food is served on a long wooden board that is led through the entrance of the greenhouse. The boards are cleaned thoroughly after each serving.
Before the corona virus pandemic, the restaurant consisted of a much larger greenhouse space, which has now been replaced by these individual smaller greenhouses.
“Redesigning hospitality is indeed a challenge,” Soldati told the BBC.
The restaurant will From June you can dine in the greenhouse and Reservations are opened in the last week of May.