Radiant heaters and semi-enclosed outside structures let imaginative Detroit hospitality businesses serve guests during the statewide restaurant and bar shutdown that began Dec. 18.
In addition to offering carryout and delivery, the six spots pictured here invite bundled-up patrons to dine and drink outside. "A socially distanced, heated outdoor tent and additional seating in our rear lot [are] still legally allowed and safe," posts Detroit Shipping Company.
Batch Brewing Company on Porter Street in Corktown will offer roasted pork and vegetables from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday in a new barn-like shelter dubbed Fauci Fieldhouse for now. "Meals will be distributed through a socially distanced line with masks required," Eater Detroit says.
Guests are welcome to eat on the patio or take the meal to-go. Visitors will be provided with a free meal unless they indicate that they have the means to make a donation to the [service industry workers'] program.
Another Corktown destination, ima, posts that "a heated and ventilated tent will be coming soon" at its Michigan Avenue flagship.
Below are other adaptations to the state health department epidemic order, which restaurant operators assume will be extended past its initial Dec. 9 expiration date. That order allows six-foot-distanced service in sheltered areas as long as at least one side is ventilated, which includes an open entry flap on plastic "igloo" domes.
Photos are from each restuarant, unless credited otherwise.
omeone broke the lock to the back gate of our patio and stole the tower heaters and all the propane tanks we'd bought to re-launch a comfortable patio service for the winter," the restaurant posts Saturday.