Amsterdam restaurant’s savvy solution for post-pandemic dining

With the ease of lockdown restrictions, restaurants around the world are gradually beginning to open their doors again. The challenge now is to figure out how to operate while maintaining social distancing. Luckily, one Amsterdam restaurant is already ahead of the game.

While the coronavirus brought most businesses to a halt, Mediamatic ETEN, a vegan restaurant at the arts centre Mediamatic Biotoop, took the opportunity to prepare for post-pandemic dining. 

The waterfront restaurant is now in the process of launching a new dining concept that involves seating guests in individual, quarantine greenhouses lined along the city’s canals. 

Mediamatic Amsterdam Anne Lakeman for Mediamatic Amsterdam
Image: Anne Lakeman for Mediamatic Amsterdam

The project, called Serres Séparées, French for “separate greenhouses,” intends to make the dining experience safer for guests (and staff), without impacting too much on the atmosphere and beautiful views. Of course, each greenhouse is encouraged to be shared between people that are already living together.

Mediamatic Amsterdam credit Willem Velthoven for Mediamatic Amsterdam
Image: Willem Velthoven for Mediamatic Amsterdam

“In these times we are reinspired by contamination precautions and the redesign of togetherness,” the restaurant wrote in a post about the project. 

“Our greenhouses protect you from the outside and others while offering you a unique experience of intimate dining.”

After conducting trial runs, the restaurant has established the necessary serving procedures which will see waitstaff wear face shields and gloves and use long wooden boards to serve meals. Each greenhouse will be thoroughly cleaned after each sitting. 

Mediamatic Amsterdam. Image: Willem Velthoven for Mediamatic Amsterdam
Image: Willem Velthoven for Mediamatic Amsterdam

Pending approval from the government, Mediamatic ETEN is hoping to begin serving their 4-course vegan feast from 21 May. And it seems like diners can’t wait to try it out as tickets for the months of May and June – which cost €100 for two (A$167) – have already sold out. 

Image: Anne Lakeman and Willem Velthoven for Mediamatic Amsterdam
Image: Anne Lakeman and Willem Velthoven for Mediamatic Amsterdam

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