Diners enjoy meals with Audrey Hepburn and Jon Hamm wax figures at NYC steakhouse

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Reuters Staff

NEW YORK (Reuters) - As New York City restaurants reopened indoor dining rooms at 35% capacity on Friday, the Peter Luger Steak House and Madame Tussauds New York wax museum joined forces to welcome diners back in a fun way and to enforce social distancing guidelines.

A diner enjoys a meal as Madame Tussauds's wax figure of Jimmy Fallon sits at an empty table, to comply with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) social distancing requirements, at Peter Luger Steak House in Brooklyn, New York U.S., February 26, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Madame Tussauds's wax figure of Jon Hamm holds a drink while it stands at the bar, to comply with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) social distancing requirements, at Peter Luger Steak House in Brooklyn, New York U.S., February 26, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Madame Tussauds's wax figure of Al Roker stands at a wait station, to comply with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) social distancing requirements in a dining room at Peter Luger Steak House in Brooklyn, New York U.S., February 26, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Madame Tussauds's wax figure of Jon Hamm stands at the bar, to comply with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) social distancing requirements, at Peter Luger Steak House in Brooklyn, New York U.S., February 26, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Madame Tussauds's wax figure of Audrey Hepburn sits at an empty table to comply with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) social distancing requirements in a dining room at Peter Luger Steak House in Brooklyn, New York U.S., February 26, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Wax figures of Audrey Hepburn, dressed as her character Holly Golightly in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” sitting in front of a Martini, and Jon Hamm as his character Don Draper in “Mad Men” holding an Old Fashioned cocktail, greeted customers while waiters rushed by with plates of sizzling steaks.

The coronavirus pandemic hit New York establishments especially hard, where, the National Restaurant Association says, restaurants accounted for 9% of employment in the state in 2019 and brought in $51.6 billion in sales in 2018.

“It’s been rough,” said Michael Costa, manager at Peter Luger’s Brooklyn steakhouse.

“We’re going to adapt to what’s going on. Right now we’ll take whatever they give us, 25 is good, 35, whatever they want to give us because we’re at the bottom,” Costa said. “But, we’ll survive.”