Pho Love of Pandas: Bangkok restaurant now seating diners with stuffed animal companions

Photo: Maison Saigon / Facebook
Photo: Maison Saigon / Facebook

All that social distance feeling kinda lonely? Try talking to the panda.

A Vietnamese eatery in downtown Bangkok is offering a cuddly solution after restaurants were allowed to seat patrons so long as they keep distant. Maison Saigon a few days ago introduced a new measure dividing tables with glass partitions and plopping a stuffed panda in seats for those customers dining solo.

Already keeping a few panda plushies on hand for children, the owner, identified only as Nattahwut, said he decided to add more to make the COVID-19 limits seem “less serious.” 

Photo: Maison Saigon / Facebook
Photo: Maison Saigon / Facebook

The pandas also make excellent listeners.

Maison Saigon is not the first restaurant to have fun with the “new normal” of complex restrictions. Last week, hot pot chain Penguin Eat Shabu erected zig-zagging PVC barriers and plastic sheets to turn tables into dining cubicles. 

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