1. are there any rules which forbid a monk from eating at a restaurant?
No there are rules about eating at a communal food distribution place (name?) but these would not be an issue here.
2. are there any rules which forbid a monk and layman from eating at the same table ( but not sharing food) ?
no, obviously there are rules about things being properly offered and as long as that is kept then there should be no problem. but ask the monks/transport co-ordinator for clarification on popper protocol.
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