Mannequins do double duty in a restaurant in virus-hit Montreal

  • Sunday 12, July 2020 08:28 AM
Sharjah24 – AFP: In one Montreal restaurant, patrons are getting a fashion-food two-for-one: Mannequins placed at tables not only ensure social distancing but also sport chic outfits that can be purchased to benefit charity.
With Quebec province at the forefront of Canada's coronavirus pandemic, businesses have been reopening cautiously.

Le Monarque, a fashionable restaurant in Old Montreal, reopened its doors just a few days ago -- but not without putting some creative safety measures in place first.

- Bringing worlds together -
So when Le Monarque fired up its ovens a few days ago, it took several steps to ensure social distancing.

The idea of filling some seats with mannequins, thus providing separation between human clients, came from the team behind the Sarah Pacini clothing line, including prominent Quebec menswear designer Philippe Dubuc.

The restaurant's 29 mannequins all sport Sarah Pacini and Philippe Dubuc designs. They are meant to be "visually beautiful," both inspired by and fitting in with their elegant surroundings.

- Silent auction -
At the end of each meal clients are given a gift certificate redeemable in Sarah Pacini and Philippe Dubuc outlets.

The mannequins' clothes are not yet for sale. But restaurant patrons will eventually have a chance to take part in a "silent auction" and purchase the clothing they see -- with all profits going to charities.