A romantic dinner for two. The wine is excellent, the food delicious. It's almost like the good old days. Except for the huge, transparent lampshades on your heads.
For restaurant owners who are concerned about how to welcome customers back and protect them from COVID-19, a French designer has designed a cylinder made of transparent plastic that hangs from the ceiling like a lampshade on a cable. A shovel cut out of the back enables the diner to sit and stand up without having to bend over twice.
Christophe Gernigon, who invented the device called Plex & # 39; Eat, said that the designs already on the market looked like booths in prison visit rooms and therefore did not invite customers.
"I wanted to make it more glamorous and prettier," he said. His design will go into production next week and he said he has received interest from France, Belgium, Canada, Japan and Argentina.
France is beginning to relax some of the restrictions it has put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. Shops and hairdressers have reopened and some children are back in school.
However, the government has yet to give the green light to reopening restaurants and bars as they pose particular problems for disease control.
Diners cannot eat while wearing an operating mask, and if tables were removed to ensure customers were a safe distance apart, many owners say they could not make enough money to cover their expenses.
Mathieu Manzoni, owner of the H.A.N.D restaurant, which serves American cuisine near the Paris Louvre, invited Gernigon to the restaurant this week to hear his tone. Manzoni said he was going to place an order.
"Will people like it? I can't say it, but I want to believe that it can add something because I enjoy it," he said in his restaurant, which is only open for takeaway orders.
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