D.C.-Area Restaurant to Fill Empty Seats With Mannequins When it Reopens

One of the fanciest restaurants in the Washington, D.C., area, the Inn at Little Washington, will once again be permitted to serve dine-in customers later this month. But when it reopens, it won’t be able to operate at full capacity due to social-distancing guidelines. So to make things feel a little more normal–and a lot more creepy–the Virginia eatery plans to seat mannequins at empty tables to make it feel as though the restaurant is crowded. A restaurant spokesperson tells Eater that the “performance art project,” wherein the mannequins will wear vintage garb from the 1940s, is “within the whimsical vein of the Inn’s reverently irreverent approach to hospitality.”