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Dining with dummies? Renowned Virginia restaurant adds mannequins

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Posted at 8:57 AM, May 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-16 08:57:08-04

WASHINGTON, Va. -- One of the country’s most renowned restaurants says mannequins will add a touch of whimsy and help with social distancing when customers return to its grand dining room later this month.

Mannequins dressed in fine 1940′s-style attire were already theatrically staged Thursday at The Inn at Little Washington, tucked in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains about 90 minutes from Washington, D.C.

Chef and proprietor Patrick O’Connell said in a statement that the mannequins are a way to allow plenty of space between real guests and elicit a few smiles and provide some fun photo ops.

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