There's no place like a dome. Except for a greenhouse. Or a hut.
Last year, metro Milwaukee establishments like Cafe Benelux, Zisters restaurant in Elm Grove and The Brass Tap in Greenfield turned to heated domes as novel patio seating.
This year, restaurants, bars and breweries have applied similar techniques to keep customers safer and engaged during the pandemic. COVID-19 is mostly spread by respiratory droplets released when people talk, cough or sneeze, so the structures should be used with those who share the same household.
Restaurants like Buckatabon Tavern and Supper Club, 7700 Harwood Ave., Wauwatosa, use plastic domes — they call them shanties — outside as a shield against winter weather. The shanties are free and first-come, first-served. Call (414) 271-7700 for details.
Across the way, Cafe Hollander, 7677 W. State St., uses greenhouse-shaped structures. The houses, which fit four people, are first-come, first-served, and are available for 90 minutes. There is time allowed for sanitizing between patrons. To check availability, call (414) 475-6771.