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Fine Dining: Igloos are winter’s hottest thing

Fine Dining: Igloos are winter’s hottest thing

Sarah Sole

They may be made of ice, but the igloos at 1808 American Bistro in Delaware have been on fire ever since they became available last week. 

Front of House Manager Kelsey Ice (who couldn’t have had a more perfect last name for this article) recommends making a reservation to snag one of these for din din, because they’ve been in high demand and have been booked out almost consistently. 

“We lost a large demographic of diners when it got cold who only felt safe dining outside,” Ice said. “We’re hoping this entices some of them to come back out again.”

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As restaurants like 1808 American Bistro try to find ways to make customers feel safe during the pandemic, igloos are having a bit of a moment this winter. 

We’re here for it. Eating in a secluded space, nice and toasty while kind of still being outside? Sounds like something out of a winter fairytale. 

If you haven’t tried it yet, here are a few more places to check out: 

VASO

A rooftop view with tapas and cocktails? Count us in. These temperature-controlled private igloos come with blankets and ambient lighting to make your dinner something to remember. Igloos can accommodate up to eight people and have to be booked for a minimum of two hours. 

The Royce Columbus

The Royce this past weekend began taking reservations for their igloos, which can be reserved for up to six people for a 90-minute meal. We have a feeling after dining in one of these we won’t feel like leaving. 

Amato’s Woodfired Pizza

Amato’s igloos became available mid-month and according to the restaurant’s Instagram page, don’t require reservations. They seat up to eight people and are outfitted with a space heater, HEPA air filters, and zippered windows for air circulation. 

So which igloo will you dine out in first, Columbus? Last one to eat in a temperature-controlled bubble is a rotten egg. 

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