In Michigan, where indoor dining is paused until at least Dec. 9, the owners of Brass Ring Brewing build “craft beer shanties” inspired by fishing shanties to allow customers to comfortably dine outdoors. The restaurant is among many establishments in the U.S. and Canada pursuing temporary outdoor dining structures including pole tents, igloo domes and elaborate “streeteries” made from plywood and complete with lighting and heating.


“Building a structure for guests to dine outside may defeat the purpose of being outside. Before committing to the extra costs to build a structure, they need to make sure it is within government guidelines and advise their insurance company to confirm coverage.” –Patricia Sheridan, Director, Commercial Insurance, Burns & Wilcox, Toronto, Ontario


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