Winterized Patios

Restaurants continue adapting to ongoing health measures, with more eateries getting outdoor patio spaces “winterized” for open-air dining, adding space heaters and tented coverings. Bundling up or bringing a blanket is advised; some places are even selling blankies onsite. Capacities remain at limited numbers for safety precautions, reservations are recommended, and masks are required when not eating. Please check each location’s website or call ahead for clarification.

Courtesy of the Chateau Ste. Michelle

NEW PRIVATE TASTING IGLOOS AT CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE offer private wine tasting experiences, able to fit up to five people wanting an al fresco lounge experience, rain or shine. The new Chateau Igloos are available by reservation, $175 per two-hour rental (club members at $150), complete with comfortable seating; a gourmet charcuterie board; one bottle of wine from a set menu of the Chateau’s collection; a Bluetooth speaker to curate a music playlist; as well as options to purchase more bottles of wine, snacks from the tasting room, and a regularly updated food menu that can be ordered via the café window. Each igloo is cleaned using an electrostatic disinfectant sprayer between reservations. All guests must be 21 and over; reservations are made online, but if a booking is needed within 48 hours, it is recommended to email directly with details:

PURPLE CAFÉ AND THE COMMONS IN WOODINVILLE, as well as Seattle restaurants Barrio, Fiasco, Pably y Pablo, and Meet the Moon, all part of the Heavy Restaurant Group family, have expanded or set up new patio dining spaces. Ask about new heated cocktails or mulled wine. Visit the website for location details and hours:

WOODBLOCK IN REDMOND: A heated outdoor tent is available with new apres ski-styled “winter warmer” beverages served in camping mugs, plus a range of branded sweatshirts, hats; and blankets for purchase. Located at 16175 Cleveland St., Redmond;

TAVERN HALL IN BELLEVUE: Raise a beer glass and a warm pretzel to the patio seating in front of the restaurant, within its sheltered walkway. Continued takeout and delivery, open Wednesdays through Sundays, 505 Bellevue Square;

FARINE BAKERY & CAFÉ IN REDMOND: Heaters are set up around the patio seating surrounding the café exterior, so people can still enjoy the savory French tartines and flaky croissant en plein air. Located at 16450 Redmond Way, Suite 100, in Redmond;

JACK’S BBQ IN SODO AND ALGONA: Barbecue devotees fear no winter, but Jack’s flagship SoDo location in Seattle and their new Algona restaurant in the South Sound now offer 40-foot heated spaces and tents to make feasting a bit more comfortable. Jack’s BBQ SoDo: 3924 Airport Way S., in Seattle (closed Mondays), and Jack’s BBQ Algona: 35731 West Valley Highway S., in Algona (closed Mondays and Tuesdays);

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