In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, many New Jersey restaurants have gotten creative and implemented new outdoor structures that will extend their seasonal winter outdoor dining.
Eating outdoors or "dining al fresco" is one of the nicest pleasures a restaurant diner can experience.
Restaurant owners with an outdoor patio or the availability of co-located grounds are in a unique position to take advantage of options to extend outdoor dining during the colder months.
In 2020, research from the National Restaurant Association found half of all full-service restaurants (49%), say they will take actions to adapt to winter outdoor dining, including adding tents, igloos, and three-sided enclosures in combination with a variety of outdoor propane and electric heating systems, outdoor furniture, and outdoor fireplaces.
Never have restaurants embarked in such a quick time frame to adapt to either an immediate threat to their business or trend.
What we are experiencing as we face the upcoming 2020/2021 winter season is a rush to adapt to the current need to expand winter outdoor dining.
Listed below, are some of the most successful New jersey restaurants that have expanded their winter outdoor dining season.