Patrons returning to dine inside Brooklyn’s iconic Peter Luger Steakhouse will see familiar faces helping the restaurant enforce coronavirus safety protocols. Audrey Hepburn, Jon Hamm, Jimmy Fallon and Al Roker are among the celebrity wax figures who will fill Peter Luger’s empty seats when the restaurant opens on Friday.
The restaurant, which will open at 35% occupancy under orders from Governor Andrew Cuomo, has partnered with Madame Tussauds New York to make the reopening safer and more exciting for diners.
“The restaurant industry is vital to New York City’s economy, and it has been particularly affected over the past year,” said Daniel Turtel, vice president of Peter Luger. “We’re thrilled to have 35% return diners inside, and we thought it would be a fun and safe way to fill some of the seats that need to be left empty as we continue to fight the pandemic.” It was wonderful working with the fabulous Madame Tussauds New York team.
Like many New York restaurants, Peter Luger has seen his business decline due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Before the pandemic, the steakhouse was a Hollywood hotspot known to host the exclusive annual dinner of WME (formerly Endeavor).
Madame Tussauds said the celebrity wax figures will stay at the steakhouse until Monday, March 1. Jimmy Fallon, who dined with his own Madame Tussauds replica, stopped by for the wax figure experiment.
“You haven’t said anything all night,” the late-night host said at her date. “You look by the way, fresh.
See Fallon’s video below. Madame Tussauds shared photos of the wax figures at Peter Luger’s house on their website.