It’s hard to miss these two large plastic igloos when you drive down Second Street. Mudlick proprietor Jen Dean explained that with the popularity of their patio during the pandemic they were really worried about what the change of weather would do to their business, so bringing in these plastic pods made sense.
Their patio seating has been very popular, and the cities support of the pop-up-patio extensions has been a huge factor in Mudlick being able to stay open during this pandemic. With the loss of business from things like theater being cancelled and area businesses working from home it’s been a rough 8 months for this downtown buisness. Being able to extend the outdoor dining season will make a big difference to the bottom, Dean shared.
Two igloos were put up on the patio yesterday, with a third on backorder. When dining in an igloo you’re completely insulated from other people. So you’re not only further than 6 feet away, there’s actually a barrier between you and everyone else.
Each igloo will seat a party of up to eight, will be warmed by electric heat, and sanitized in between parties. On a nice, sunny day just with solar energy from the sun will warm up the igloos, very similara to a greenhouse.They have a zippered door that can stay open in nicer weather and two small triangle shaped windows that can be opened as well.
Dean says phones are already ringing with people asking about them. They can be reserved in two hour increments, with a minimum spend of $200.
Of course, socially distanced inside dining is still an option and Mudlick does have a 2nd floor that can be booked for parties of up to 60, keeping six foot spacing in place.
To reserve your igloo experience call the restaurant or email [email protected]
Mudlick Tap House
135 East Second St.,
Dayton, OH 45402
4-10pm Tuesday – Friday
11am – 10pm Saturday
11am – 9pm Sunday