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Inflatable dolls seated in restaurant booth

Blow-up dolls and pandas become dinner guests as restaurants try to fill empty seats

May 14, 2020

Restaurants are beginning to reopen at limited capacity as stringent social distancing rules replace the stay-at-home orders that closed their dining rooms when the coronavirus pandemic began.

New standards of dining, however, have made for a lot of empty seats. 

In the meantime, restaurant owners are finding creative solutions to fill vacant tables, privatize customers’ dining experiences and maximize space in what would otherwise be a crowded dining room.

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