Last year around this time, I wrote about a then-burgeoning trend in New York restaurants — the “ghost kitchen.” Also known as “cloud” or “virtual” kitchens, ghost kitchens are restaurants with no accommodation for on-site dining. Who knew then that a year later ghost kitchens would come into their own right thanks to the coronavirus.
Now a restaurant in Royal Oak, Mich., has extended ghost dining to the front of the house. Its name is Trattoria Pizzeria da Luigi, and in order to keep patrons a safe distance away from one another, the restaurant has brought in a legion of ghosts.
These are not ghosts of the “Sixth Sense” ilk, but friendly stylized spirits that look as though they are having a good time. According to Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ, owner Luigi Cutraro explains:
Our aim is to go above and beyond to keep our diners safe. But we wanted to do it in a way that was really playful so they can relax and enjoy their dining experience.