Gitano Garden of Love restaurant tour: social distancing, automation – Business Insider
9 julio 2020
- We visited the Garden of Love, a restaurant pop-up in Manhattan that has 24,000 square feet of lush outdoor dining space and a fully automated ordering system.
- James Gardner, the founder of Grupo Gitano, the company behind the pop-up, walked Business Insider through the restaurant’s pandemic-era design and technology innovations.
- «COVID gave me the opportunity to reimagine the guest experience,» Gardner said. «I think hospitality is one of the last industries that people say technology can’t touch.»
- Take a look inside the Garden of Love and its socially distanced dining experience.
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The value proposition of Gitano’s Garden of Love is simple: spend an evening drinking and eating in a tropical-inspired garden, all with minimal unwanted human interaction.
Grupo Gitano, a Tulum, Mexico-based hospitality group founded by Goldman Sachs alum James Gardner, has transformed a Tribeca parking lot into an outdoor restaurant pop-up for the third summer in a row. The Garden’s 24,000 square feet of outdoor dining space make it the ideal setting for a pandemic-savvy restaurateur’s social distancing experiment.
With indoor dining still a distant dream for New York restaurants (and increasingly, restaurants across the country), optimizing outdoor dining space has never been more important. This year, the Garden’s automated dining experience is designed for the pandemic-era diner.
On the sweltering evening of July 3, we made our way to the Garden of Love to meet with Gardner, tour the space, and sample a shrimp taco or two. Here’s what it was like.