Mudlick Tap House in Dayton Brings Back Igloo Dining

Mudlick Tap House has two new additions to its patio that could be a big help during the COVID-19 pandemic as we head into the colder months.

On Thursday, two igloos were set up in front of the restaurant at 135 E. 2nd St., and Mudlick co-founder Jennifer Dean said a third is on the way.

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“We are incredibly excited to offer a unique dining experience under the stars!” posted Mudlick Tap House on its Facebook page.

Dean is part of a “League of Independent Restaurant Owners” Facebook group and saw that another restaurant had tried igloos and had success. The social media group has been a huge help for people like Dean throughout the pandemic, she said, as it is a support network and a collective of ideas. for restaurateurs who need to get creative to stay afloat.

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Before the coronavirus, Dean said Mudlick would be almost completely done with patio seating by this time of year. If all goes well, the igloos could add 24 seats on the terrace during the fall and winter.

“I kind of chatted with them and it worked out well for them,” Dean said. “Now it seems like it’s something more and more places are doing… The lady I messaged this morning who uses these igloos was in Minnesota and I was like, ‘Are these things heating up in Minnesota?’ and yes (they do).

Mudlick is still working on the logistics of the igloo and how it will handle reservation requirements if the restaurant decides to reserve seats only. Mudlick is also working on figuring out what kind of heaters it will use to keep the igloos warm.

The igloos can accommodate eight people at two separate four-person tables. However, groups will need to be part of the same party when dining in the igloos.

“We’re doing…the Griswold Christmas Eve Brunch with Cousin Eddie, and so I think how awesome it’s going to be there because we’re decorating,” Dean said. “So it’ll be really fun like around Christmas and we’ll put on, you know, lights and stuff.”

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