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Local restaurants looking to extend patio season into winter months

Local restaurants looking to extend patio season into winter monthsLocal restaurants looking to extend patio season into winter months

The new greenhouses at Puddicombe House in New Hamburg (Photo: Facebook)

Originally Posted on CTV News Kitchener

October 17, 2020 – With public health limitations set on dining indoors, some restaurants around Waterloo Region are finding new ways to keep patio season going past its usual end date.

The Village Biergarten in St. Jacobs has put up dining domes to allow customers to stay with their household and stay outside while eating. The domes, which are booked through October, have allowed the restaurant to stay open and keep all their staff amidst challenging pandemic restrictions.

Domes on the patio at Village Biergarten in St. Jacobs (Photo: Andrew Coppolino)

A number of restaurants in the region have reached out to Brown with questions about their setup. However, the only one that has a similar concept in place is The Puddicombe House in New Hamburg, which opened two greenhouses on Friday.

“There’s a little heater in there, a window you can open to let some fresh air in,” said Puddicombe customer Fran Fisher. “It’s like being in someone’s home.”

The New Hamburg restaurant’s general manager says the greenhouses are private and should stay toasty for a while at a time.

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