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Eating outside is common when the weather is warm and sunny. Why are we limiting ourselves to such a short time period of the year in locations further from the equator? Outdoor dining year-round is something that can help increase restaurant revenue and overall popularity as more and more people order food from delivery applications. 

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Sarah Manseau

Graduated with an associates in baking and pastry and a bachelors in food and beverage business management from the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vermont.

Over 10 years of experience in the food and beverage industry with a variety of different companies and locations. 

Worked at

NECI on Main (Montpelier, Vermont)

La Brioche (Montpelier, Vermont)

Aramark at Fenway Park (Boston, MA)

Legal Harborside (Seaport Boston, MA)

Boston Harbor Hotel (Boston, MA)

Blue Bunny Café (Dedham, MA)

Polka Dog Bakery (Newton, MA)

"All of the places that I have worked have had outdoor dining, but it was always seasonal. We would NEVER serve outside in the winter."

"Not everyone gets the heat from them (area heaters) as they should be"

"Igloos are cool, but it is the same experience as eating indoors, just outside. There needs to be something more interesting that brings people in."

"The outdoor heaters that restaurants are using now, people just crowd them."

65%

Americans are ordering more take out due to coronavirus

56%

Americans dine in, take out, or get delivery 2-3 times a week

66%

Restaurants had to minimize of remove indoor dining option

Current Solutions

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Pros

 

Withstand almost all different weather conditions

Metal exterior goes with most outdoor dining tables and chairs

Fire gives the the sense of warmth and visual queue of heater working

Cons

 

Heat source is high above the user, and hot air rises while cold air sinks

 

Small radius of heat source

 

Often get crowded with many people

 

Often used as a showcase or to add to the dining environment

 

Use propane gas which is not good the environment  

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Pros

 

Withstand almost all different weather conditions

Metal exterior goes with most outdoor dining tables and chairs

Fire gives the the sense of warmth and visual queue of heater working

Cons

 

Heat source is high above the user, and hot air rises while cold air sinks

 

Small radius of heat source

 

Often get crowded with many people

 

Often used as a showcase or to add to the dining environment

 

Use propane gas which is not good the environment  

Concept Ideation

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Final Concept

Techniques

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Construction

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