Is this the future of dining out? 

Restaurants across the world are taking different approaches to reopen and bring back in-person dining, a step on the way back to a "normal" way of life. In Amsterdam, one eatery has decided to take a unique approach that has the potential to be something we may see everywhere soon. 

Mediamatic ETEN is an "almost vegan" restaurant that has introduced “quarantine greenhouses” for its patrons to eat out while staying socially distant. Guests can enjoy a four-course plant-based meal in their own private greenhouse set on an outdoor patio, right on the water’s edge. Servers wear face masks and gloves and are also using extra longboards to deliver the food into the greenhouses, so there's proper social distancing the entire time. 

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Image credit Willem Velthoven for Mediamatic Amsterdam.

The greenhouses are small, made of glass, and can seat up to three people. Right now, it's not open to the public since it's a "friends and family" of staff trial run. If things go well, the concept will be opened to the general public, pending government regulations and weather.

"We are now learning how to do the cleaning, how to do the service, how to get the empty plates out again in an elegant way, so you still feel taken care of nicely,” said Willem Velthoven of Mediamatic to Reuters.

Dubbed the Serres Séparées (meaning separate greenhouses), the cozy, intimate experience of a private dining room has taken off—the restaurant is sold out until the end of June. Diners are really enjoying the ambiance, the privacy, and, of course, the experience of dining out.

quarantine greenhouse
Image credit Willem Velthoven for Mediamatic Amsterdam.

The idea of a separate private dining room, where diners can have personal, intimate experiences is not new, as lots of bars and restaurants offer this; however, in the time of coronavirus, this new idea of “quarantine greenhouses” may be just what restaurants need to get reopened. 

Would you go out to eat in one of these private greenhouses? Let us know what you think about this idea in the comments.