CHICAGO – Cold temperatures are creating a new problem for restaurants during the coronavirus pandemic, but a solution is being developed in the Fulton market.
In the last 24 hours, tablecloths have appeared in five restaurants on Fulton Market Street; Beatrix, Duck-Duck, Gus, Kuma and Customs.
At Beatrix, you can book a “needle” for $ 150. You will receive a round drink for your party, which will last two and a half hours. Each “needle” is equipped with seats, blankets and even heaters.
“Now our goal is to get to Thanksgiving, and we’ll see how the weather goes,” said Beatrice’s partner Cannon Porter. “Now our permit is valid until December 31, so we are going to extend it until the weather in Chicago allows.”
The entire project takes about two weeks, and it came together thanks to a partnership between the Illinois Restaurant Association, the West Loop Chamber of Commerce and Stella Artois.
It doesn’t cost restaurants anything, but it offers a lifeline to keep working with outside service as the temperature starts to drop.
Mike Stone didn’t eat much indoors because of the pandemic. But with his family in the city, he began to conduct some research on the open terraces.
“I literally googled the dome outside of Chicago food,” Stone said.
After leaving each group, each pod is disinfected.
“Everything happens between treatments,” Porter said. “We have a high-fabric disinfectant that we use to wipe all furniture and blankets. We have a disinfectant spray to spray everything and make sure it’s ready to be reused.”
21 pods are installed, which leads to a maximum capacity of up to 96.
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