CLEVELAND, Ohio – Stark Enterprises has bought more than 100 “winter cottages” to help extend the outdoor dining season throughout its restaurants in Northeast Ohio.
Restaurants have become creative with heated outdoor dining options, with many offering igloos on patios, as a way to draw more diners during the coronavirus pandemic. Social-distancing restrictions have cut down inside dining space while weather this time of year is limiting the number of diners outdoors.
Ezra Stark, chief operating officer for the real-estate development and management company, said in a release the goal was to “create ways for visitors to comfortably dine-in safely and privately, while still generating business for one of the industries who has struggled the most, the restaurants.”
The private spaces are located at restaurant patios in Crocker Park in Westlake, Eton Chagrin Boulevard in Woodmere, Portage Crossing in Cuyahoga Falls and The Strip in North Canton. They seat four to six, and reservation policy is up to the individual restaurants. No minimum bill amount is required for use of the cottages.