Seen on mainly the East Coast, these restaurant vestibules start to appear in autumn to prevent glacial blasts over unsuspecting diners during the often bitter winter months. Rents are among the highest in the world, and so the footprint is used as efficiently as possible to maximise turnover. The first casualty, therefore, is an indoor waiting area. In the time of COVID, they’re an odd sight in May… normally they’d be long gone by now. But since restaurants were ordered to close almost 8 weeks ago, the lights have remained off and the mail is piling up. It’s a sad sight.