MONTREAL – In a Montreal restaurant, customers receive fashion food two by one: the mannequins placed on the tables not only guarantee social distance, but also boast chic clothes that can be purchased to benefit charity.
With the province of Quebec at the forefront of Canada’s coronavirus pandemic, companies reopened cautiously.
Le Monarque, a trendy restaurant in Old Montreal, reopened its doors just a few days ago – but not before introducing some creative security measures.
“We wanted to give customers more space,” chef and owner Jeremie Bastien told AFP. “But we didn’t want to remove tables or put acrylic panels.”
BRINGING WORLDS TOGETHER
So when Le Monarque lit its ovens a few days ago, several measures were needed to ensure social distance.
The idea of filling some seats with mannequins, thus providing separation between human customers, came from the team behind the clothing line Sarah Pacini, including the prominent Quebec men’s fashion designer, Philippe Dubuc.
“We wanted to do a sophisticated and sophisticated installation, because we are uniting two worlds, fashion and gastronomy,” said Dubuc, adding: “I think these two worlds have always been close.”
The restaurant’s 29 mannequins have all the designs of Sarah Pacini and Philippe Dubuc. They must be “visually beautiful”, inspired and adapted to the elegant environment.
“We are there, of course, to create and market our clothes,” said Dubuc. “But we are also there because our job is to make people dream.”
Nassim Habashi, who was having lunch at Le Monarque, approved, saying: “I think it is a wonderful idea to mark the separation between the tables and make the atmosphere much more pleasant, given the current situation”.
At the end of each meal, customers receive a redeemable gift certificate at Sarah Pacini and Philippe Dubuc stores.
Chef Bastien says the partnership has been “very advantageous” for both sides. But he emphasizes that it is more than just “creating distance or dressing space”.
The idea, he said, was “to go a little deeper (and) find out what we can do to help the people around us who suffered during the pandemic.”
The clothes of the mannequins are not yet for sale. But restaurant customers will have a chance to participate in a “silent auction” and buy the clothes they see – with all the proceeds going to charities.