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From igloos to private rooms, Columbus restaurants get creative in the face of COVID-19

From igloos to private rooms, Columbus restaurants get creative in the face of COVID-19

Jack McLaughlin

When you hear of cabanas and igloos, your first thought is probably something you’d find in South Beach or Alaska, certainly not Columbus, Ohio. And while we’re only talking about methods local eateries have been implementing to halt the spread of COVID, many of them feel just as interesting and (dare we say?) exotic. 

While Barcelona in German Village offers heated “cabana” seating, created using miniature repurposed greenhouses, and Dublin’s VASO offers immersive rooftop igloos, here’s a list at what other Columbus eateries are doing to keep patrons safe from COVID. 


Private rooms in Momo Ghar

Momo Ghar, the wildly-popular spot slinging momo–a spiced, steamed dumpling native to Tibet and Nepal–is preparing to open its first standalone restaurant, located at 2800 Festival Ln. in Dublin’s Festival Centre.

As they do, the eatery plans to install a series of COVID-deterrent private rooms for guests within the restaurant. As the spot features authentic interior decor imported from Tibet and Nepal personally arranged by owners Phuntso and Pramod Lama, these private rooms are no different–boasting ornate wooden decoration and a sleek black and white paint job. when Momo Ghar opens in Dublin, you’ll be able to dine-in safety, and in style.

More Igloos coming to Dublin

Currently, Dublin’s VASO is offering diners the ability to enjoy eating out while nestled inside their temperature controlled igloos complete with ambient lighting. And even more igloos are on the way for a group of different Dublin restaurants as well.

Several spots, including Cap City Fine Diner and Bar at 6644 Riverside Dr., and Urban Meyer’s Pint House at 6632 Longshore Dr., will soon be receiving a set of shared-use heated igloos, allowing diners to eat outdoors through the colder months of the year, while staying safe from COVID and any inclement weather.

Breweries implement heated tents

While many eateries are featuring more sophisticated enclosed spaces to combat the spread of COVID, others, several Columbus breweries included, are finding ways to let their customers stay outside during the colder months of the year.

Gemüt Biergarten, which also makes their own craft beer, has erected an outdoor tent with heaters (as well as an air circulation system) to allow diners to enjoy a crisp lager or a toasty dunkel outdoors.

Likewise, Seventh Son is affording guests the opportunity to enjoy a beer in what owner Collin Castore refers to as “sweater weather”. The 4th St. beermakers have adopted heated tents with walls that will retain even more warmth for guests. In order to improve circulation and provide a boost of fresh air, the bottoms of the tent walls have been rolled up at their bottoms. Bare ankles might not appreciate the fresh breeze, so we recommend you wear boots or at least a pair of comfy shoes with socks while throwing back a cold one here. 

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