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Illinois restaurants to keep some COVID changes even after state reopens

Restaurants to keep some COVID changes even after Illinois reopens

Illinois is only days away from fully reopening, and it turns out that some things will not change when we are out of the pandemic.

Illinois is only days away from fully reopening, and it turns out that some things will not change when we are out of the pandemic.

Some in the catering industry suspect that guests still want some space while eating. Fiammé in Naperville is keeping its outdoor catering.

In fact, they are expanding it. What were once closed, heated greenhouses are now wooden cabanas.

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When COVID-19 hit the popular downtown Naperville pizzeria had to adapt, and like many other businesses, they took customers outside with social distancing during the winter. They added several greenhouses, ran electricity, provided heat, and added decoration.

Well, this change was so popular that Fiammé has now built cabanas all over their parking lot. The general manager says that they will keep them up for the next winter as well.

“We built this up modularly so that we can dismantle the wall and put in a finished insulation. Goes electric and we will have an outdoor dining area again, “said GM Preston Gaspar.

He says that because of the winter outdoor seating they actually saw growth during the pandemic, so they decided to expand their outdoor cabanas and add 200 seats.

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