Fish Tales, a seafood restaurant and bar in Ocean City, Maryland, is trying out "bumper tables."
Thanks to Baltimore-based Revolution Event Design and Production, the creative minds behind the bumper tables, an Ocean City, Maryland, restaurant and bar is experimenting with some fun social distancing solutions.
Fish Tales debuted the six-foot-wide inner tubes over the weekend, as they prepare to get back to "normal" business soon. The tables are guaranteed to keep their customers six feet apart. They've purchased 10 of these bumper tables and think they will probably purchase more in the future.
"It's like a bumper boat, but it's actually a table," owner Shawn Harmon said of the design.
Courtesy of Revolution Event Design and Production
"We've taken this very seriously from the beginning," Harmon said, "and we just want to let everyone know what we've done in the interim to make sure that everybody stays safe and Ocean City can stay open."
Ocean City, a popular resort town on the Eastern Shore, is slowly opening back up to the public. Beaches and the boardwalk were opened on May 9, while hotels and vacation rentals were allowed to open on May 14. For now, restaurants and bars still remain closed, except for takeout and delivery.
As they prepare to reopen, restaurant owners all over the country are pushing the boundaries of creativity with the new social distancing requirements. Last week, a high-end Virginia restaurant announced it will use mannequins to fill empty tables so diners don't feel so alone. In Washington, D.C., the city council is meeting this week to determine if certain city streets should be shut down so that restaurants with limited seating can expand their dining rooms to outside.
The bumper tables are just one of several ideas that Revolution Event Design and Production is cooking up for restaurants and other businesses, in light of social distancing needs. And it looks like Fish Tales was happy to be the guinea pig for this one:
Would you dine in an inner tube bumper table? Would you dine with mannequins? Leave a comment and let us know!