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Fall Outdoor Dining Inspiration

Trust20 Contributors

October 16, 2020

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As the leaves begin to turn and we head into spooky season, there are so many innovative, creative and festive ways that restaurants across the country are already drawing in diners to their establishments. From outdoor heated igloos to fun fall decorations, don’t miss the chance to entice customers to your restaurant through Instagram-mable moments and festive outdoor decor in your socially distanced seating areas. Below are some restaurants that we’ve run across that we hope may provide some seasonal inspiration as you welcome all of your neighborly ghosts and ghouls to your restaurant. 

Has your restaurant gone all out for the holiday season? Let us know by tagging @Trust20USA in all of your photos, and we’ll let diners know, too, with a reshare! 

A giant spider at the entrance, fall decorations, and pumpkins and plants to space outside tables…. Lodge Tavern knows what’s up.

Chicago’s Butch McGuire’s is known for going *all out* for the holidays (just wait until Christmas), but Halloween doesn’t disappoint either. Spiderwebs, lights, and skeletons adorn this establishment, welcoming guests with the full fall-seasonal spirit.  

City Winery’s domes on the Chicago Riverwalk have become wildly popular with guests, and this year’s likely to be no exception. These creative restaurant extensions are heated and equipped with bluetooth speakers so you and your guests can jam out to whatever tunes float your boat. Grab your reservation now, as they’ll only be around until October 31st. 

We love the use of hay barrels, pumpkins and fall decorations to space out guests and create  an inviting and warm outdoor experience at NYC’s Adoro Lei. Simple and effective #winwin. 

@SkeletonsinQ has provided some great Halloween inspiration with their table guest at The Lobster Shanty in Massachusetts. Take note, restaurant operators! 

Pizzeria Portofino and RPM Seafood are ready for rain, sunshine or snow with these tents and outdoor heaters. 

There are all kinds of ways a restaurant can optimize their on-premise dining spaces. Marking tables as reserved or filling tables that need to remain empty with cutouts or stuffed animals are just some of the creative solutions restaurant operators have come up with. The agility of the restaurant industry is truly incomparable. Operators have always poured their hearts and souls into their businesses, but the creativity and force of will that 2020 required makes their ingenuity shine on a new level.

Has your restaurant gone all out for the holiday season? Let us know by tagging @Trust20USA in all of your photos, and we’ll let diners know, too, with a reshare! 

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