Businesses weigh in on future plans for outdoor seating come winter months

Outdoor seating has been a blessing for businesses in the midst of a pandemic but with winter weather approaching in the coming months? What will these businesses do? Local restaurants have some ideas. 
Outdoor Patio in Haymarket

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Outdoor seating has been a blessing for businesses in the midst of a pandemic but with winter weather approaching in the coming months? What will these businesses do? Local restaurants have some ideas.

The Tavern on the Square and McKinney’s Irish Pub, both located in the Haymarket, have taken full advantage of their outdoor space in the wake of coronavirus. Now, these businesses are thinking outside of the box on how they are going to deal with outdoor seating once the temperatures drop.

“We bought an Igloo, these plastic Igloos, that we can seat 10 or so people in, that we put up in March at the Tavern. At the Other Room, I have spent the last week looking at how to do an awning with heaters and cover our space to add outdoor seating” Matt Taylor, the Owner of ‘Tavern on the Square’ and ‘Other Room’ cocktail bar, said.

Just up the block, McKinney’s Irish Pub, is also working on some changes in order to keep up with customers come snow fall.

“We are talking about bringing additional heaters into the business, maybe trying to close off the outdoor area, like a side wall so the wind won’t get through” Nathan Stewart, a managing partner at the Irish pub, said.

Overall, Lincolnites will be seeing a lot of heaters around town come winter time…

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