A restaurant owner in Belgium misses her customers so much that she’s started serving drinks to mannequins, according to a recent report.
In protest of the regulations, owner Therese Mahieu began serving red wine to mannequins and dummies, according to the news agency.
Mannequins with balloon heads representing customers are seen on chairs at tables, installed at restaurant Chez Therese in Rixensart, Belgium. (REUTERS/Johanna Geron)
Mahieu dressed the dummies — made with balloon heads and drawn-on faces — in hats, scarves, shirts and other clothes and set them at tables and the bar of her restaurant.
Therese Mahieu, owner of Chez Therese poses next to mannequins in her restaurant. (REUTERS/Johanna Geron)
She told Reuters that the dummies “give her a sense of community” that Chez Therese has lost without real customers.
Therese set up the mannequins in her restaurant to denounce the coronavirus restrictions put in place by the Belgian government. (REUTERS/Johanna Geron)
According to Belgium’s coronavirus information website, restaurants will be closed until March 1, 2021. Eateries are allowed to operate for takeaway and delivery, but they have to close by 10 p.m.