A popular pub in the Northeast area of Minneapolis has suffered a blow, courtesy of the weather.
This week, The Anchor Fish & Chips, located at 302 13th Ave NE, announced that its outdoor dining tent had collapsed under the weight of heavy snow, thus ending its sit-down dining services — perhaps until next spring:
"We thought we would get another couple weeks out there," the restaurant said in a Facebook post.
"We will miss the tent so much as it gave all the staff & us a fun way to see all our regulars & new faces this past 4 months."
Though this brings a slightly early end to dine-in eating at Anchor, they remain very much in business — online ordering and pickup is still available.
Outdoor dining tents and igloos have become a popular tactic for restaurants to keep foot traffic flowing in the coronavirus era, especially in colder climates (like Minnesota, of course).
As Wall Street Journal points out, though, they don't necessarily prevent COVID-19 transmission, and in some cases may offer a "false sense of security" and "pose just as many risks as indoor eating."
This is due to "poor air circulation" and "proximity to other unmasked diners" in poorly ventilated tents; however, if dining tents are at least partially open, WSJ says, transmission may be lower than it is in indoor seating situations.