Outdoor Dining Spaces – All Year Around

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Many restaurants and bars have outdoor spaces where customers can enjoy a meal or drink al fresco.  When the weather is sunny and warm, outdoor spaces can provide a wonderful atmosphere where you can enjoy nature as well as eat and socialize with friends.  Owners also benefit from the outdoor area.  Offering additional seating to patrons increases the amount of meals and drinks served, therefore increasing the revenue.  It’s a win-win for everyone…until the seasons change, and the temperature gets colder.  Who wants to eat outside when it’s 32 degrees and snowing?  I would!  Keep reading to find out why.

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The weather is certainly the biggest hindrance when it comes to outdoor dining, but restaurant and bar owners may have found the perfect solution.  Heated igloos are popping up all over restaurant and bar rooftops and patios from Michigan to New York to Tennessee.  While the igloos obviously aren’t made of snow, they create an enclosed space that provides warmth and comfort while still being able to enjoy the outdoor atmosphere.  One such restaurant that provides these trendy accommodations is Bobby Hotel in downtown Nashville, TN.  They provide everything from tables and chairs to pillows and card games in their heated rooftop igloos.  During the holiday season, they play classic Christmas movies in the background and serve spiked hot chocolate.   The igloos can seat 8 people and while reservations are strongly encouraged, they always keep 2 igloos open on a first come, first serve basis.

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For a more formal dining experience, visit the igloos at Tappo Restaurant in Buffalo, NY.   There you can enjoy a 3-course family style meal prepared from a pre-selected menu.  What better way to get into a festive winter mood, than to sip on a mulled red wine or a carmel spiked cider and watch the snow fall around you?  Or check out the igloos on the patio at The White Horse Inn located in Metamora, MI.  These beautiful igloos are not only warm and cozy, they are decorated to the nines and provide such a unique outdoor experience.  But make your reservations early, because they are already booked for weekends months in advance.

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These igloos are not only unique and fun, they are a great solution for utilizing outdoor areas all year around.  Winter doesn’t have to mean the end of the outdoor dining season.  By providing these enclosed spaces to keep patrons warm, comfortable, and happy they can continue to enjoy the outdoor atmosphere while dining with friends and family no matter what the temperature and that is certainly a win-win for everyone.

-Amy Estrella

Photo Credits: Bobby Hotel, Tappo Restaurant, and The White Horse Inn