Mudlick Tap House in Dayton brings dining back to igloos

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

Two igloos were set up outside the restaurant at 135 E. 2nd St. on Thursday, and Mudlick co-founder Jennifer Dean said a third was on the way.

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

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

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

“I kind of chatted with them and it worked out well for them,” Dean said. “Now it looks like 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 he will handle the reservation requirements if the restaurant decides to only reserve seating. Mudlick is also working on determining what type of heater he will use to keep igloos warm.

The igloos can accommodate eight people at two separate tables of four. However, the groups will have to be part of the same party when they dine in the igloos.

“We’re doing… Griswold’s Christmas Eve brunch with cousin Eddie, and so I’m just thinking how awesome it’s going to be because we’re decorating,” Dean said. “So it’s going to be really fun like around Christmas and we’ll be putting on, you know, lights and stuff.” “

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