If you’re feeling a little squirrely due to directives to shelter in place, know that you’re not alone. One man, in particular, has put all of that squirrely energy into some unusual yet creative pursuits — like building a buffet-style restaurant for squirrels in his front yard.
James Vreeland lives in Detroit, Michigan, and works in the tech industry. However, current conditions have him stuck at home with time (and apparently decent woodworking abilities) on his hands. The results are adorable.
Introducing Maison de Noix
Vreeland built a miniature al fresco-style restaurant for the furry-tailed rodents. He first shared photos of his creation in early April, not long after his state went on lockdown to try to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.
“Figured now was as good a time as any to get into the restaurant game,” he quipped in this Instagram post, jokingly requesting advice on reaching Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “Anyone know how to get ahold of @gewhitmer for a variance to keep our patio open?”
He named the eatery “Maison de Noix,” which is French for “Nut House.” Vreeland went as far as to post a squirrel-sized, laminated menu, which includes a mixed seed trio, stale bread/pizza crust, raw peanuts (on the full shell) and counter-softened apples.
Here’s a close-up of some of the artisanal fare:
Critics Are Raving
They say word-of-mouth is the most effective form of advertising. Word of the top-notch fare seems to have gotten out to the wildlife around the neighborhood, as displayed in this time-lapse video Vreeland shared on Instagram.
“Another successful lunch service,” he deservedly boasted.
While diners happily devour the delicacies served, it’s fair to say they are lousy tippers. However, what they lack in social graces, they make up for in entertainment.
Even if you’re not fortunate enough to be neighbors of the family, you can get in on the fun. Vreeland streams the goings-on frequently via Facebook Live.