STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The summer heat cut many restaurant owners a break in dealing with coronavirus once they were forced to limit services to take-out or outdoor dining.
But restaurants must again change plans as the temperatures begin to take a dip. One restaurant came up with a creative solution. They’re designed to protect outdoor diners from the weather. But these domes could protect the livelihoods of people in the restaurant industry.
“They are our solution to the colder winter months coming up,” Cinder Bar and Grille server Ashley Smith said.
Smith says like many restaurants, their ability to accommodate outdoor dining keeps them afloat through the pandemic. And they’re fortunate to have the space for it. But now colder weather is coming, and there’s no telling when Governor Tom Wolf will ease restrictions on indoor dining.
“We don’t know how long we’re going to be at 25 percent. They aren’t giving us any answers at this point,” Smith said.
She says the owners installed four of these garden domes outside. Each dome fits six people, keeping the heat in and COVID out.
“Each one has a table, it’s got a heater inside. So we can try to keep our outdoor dining going,” Smith said.
Patrons seemed impressed with their ingenuity. John Connors says he thinks other restaurants will try something similar.
“It’s a very good idea, very good idea,” Connors said.
Each dome has a different theme, giving patrons a unique experience and servers like Smith peace of mind.
“I think we were all a little bit afraid for the colder months because they do have us at pretty much only outside dining. We do have inside but it’s very limited, so this does give us some more seating,” Smith said.
The dome themes are winter, sunflower, garden and Cinderella. Smith says they hope to keep the domes even after things return to normal.