Simple ways restaurants are warming up to fall:
Cozy up with a Blanket
One of the latest fall trends we’ve seen at outdoor restaurants might seem odd at first glance, but it’s been happening at fine dining locations for quite some time: customers being provided with warm, cozy blankets! While it might sound off-putting at first, restaurants are working to keep their guests warm and comfortable as the temperatures dip into the cooler months, adding to a cozy atmosphere and a new level of hospitality. These soft, plush blankets
(despite the relatively low risk of transmitting COVID-19 through sharing them) are laundered between each use, providing peace of mind to customers as well as warmth!
Ambient Lighting & Outdoor Fire Pits
Your outdoor space should provide a different experience that guests will seek out on crisp, cool nights. Lighting plays a huge part in the overall feel of an outdoor dining experience. Hot stone bowls and plates would add to the ambiance while combating the cold. Chairs with heated cushions—and reusable chemical heat pads—could be set around tables with small fire pits in their centers, providing additional light for diners while warming them from top to bottom. Add in a little extra flair with strings of bistro lights or lanterns.
Bring on the Comfort Food
As the weather starts to turn chilly and leaves start to change colors, local restaurants are looking to provide warm, comforting dishes, beverages and desserts to go with their al fresco dining.
Slurp up a bowl of Kaino's delicious Greek House Soup called Avgolemono (Chicken Lemon Rice). Is there anything better than a big dish of warm pasta on a cold fall evening? Try their mouth watering Mama’s Makaronia, a huge serving of eggplant, portabella mushroom, tomato, roasted red peppers, capers, zucchini and fresh basil, sautéed in a Metaxa brandy cream sauce and tossed with penne pasta.
Pair Tony D's signature Sicilian Chicken topped with olives, tomato, rapini, garlic, pickled peppers, and olive oil with a glass of red wine to keep you cozy for fall. End your night with their delectable Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake or an Espresso Martini.
Looking for a classic, down home comfort dish? Try Bathtub Billy's famous wood fired mac and cheese oozing with cheesy goodness. Another fall favorite is their chili (served vegetarian as well) and their fresh, out-of-the-smoker smoked brisket.