is this the end of sharing platters and communal seating?

sharing food - SolStock/Moment RF
sharing food – SolStock/Moment RF

Among all the adaptations restaurants will undergo when eased lockdown regulations finally allow businesses to open on July 4 (providing various conditions are met), one can’t help but wonder – what will happen to restaurant menus? 

Not the physical menus – many restaurants have already laid out their plans to hand out disposable menus or send digital copies to diners prior to their visit – but those concepts fuelled by our penchant for help-yourself tapas, ‘small plates’, feasting platters and communal tables. Love them or hate them, such menus that promote a relaxed, casual style of dining have taken over from the classic service à la russe, or ‘Russian’ service, whereby dishes pre-plated into individual portions are delivered to the table sequentially. They are offered everywhere from slick city restaurants to familiar pub chains – and, of course, in the traditional Spanish, Turkish, Greek

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