When state health authorities mandated restaurants cut service to a fraction of their built capacity, some closed their doors. Some tried to outlast the shut down, running at a loss hoping Covid restrictions would lift before cash ran out. Others took a gamble on extending capacity with a tented dining space so as to keep their heads above water.
We’re pretty bullish on tents. Where possible, we partnered with those who also saw tented expansions as an assist to pandemic restrictions. Many communities eased their building restrictions to help small businesses, so tents could be pitched adjacent to structures without violating building codes. Many of those allowances remained in place after pandemic restrictions eased.