Fall weather is here and as it gets darker earlier and chillier at night, many local restaurants and bars with patios open are encouraging customers to dress in layers to ensure a comfortable outdoor eating experience. To be sure, Detroit diners are well-acquainted with cold weather, but there’s perhaps never been a year when outdoor seating has been more pervasive or necessary. Outdoor seating has been an essential ingredient to keeping many local restaurants and bars afloat over the past several months, allow them to grow their seating amid capacity limits and social distancing requirements.
Patio seating is also generally considered to be a safer option by health experts than eating indoors, because the open air better disperses airborne droplets that may carry the novel coronavirus. Customers have also expressed a preference for outdoor dining as well during the pandemic — even if it’s cold. According to a recent Eater Detroit poll, 64 percent of respondents said they will choose an outdoor dining option this winter rather than moving indoors or switching back to takeout and delivery-only dining.
While heaters and fire pits in combination with semi-enclosed spaces like tents and igloos can help stave off some of the winter chill, customers should definitely plan on dressing warm when going out for a meal. Below, find a guide to some of the local restaurant merch available right now to help keep you warm and support small businesses. Don’t forget the most important accessory, a face mask.
All manner of crewneck pullover sweatshirts are available at local restaurants and bars with cute illustrations and prints to help mix up a fall wardrobe.
Keep your arms, hands, and head warm with layers of hoodies and zip-up sweatshirts.
Represent your favorite brewery or cheese shop while keeping your ears warm.
Layer up with knit scarves.