When planning its rooftop setup, the operators of Stirr, an American restaurant and bar in Dallas, wanted to have all the supplies both staff and guests would need on hand, including everything from extra silverware to separate bathrooms. “We tried to make our rooftop as self-contained as possible, so that people who are up on the rooftop can stay up there,” says co-owner Imran Sheikh.
Located five floors above the kitchen, operators of the rooftop bar at The Charmant Hotel in La Crosse, Wis., likewise didn’t want staff traveling downstairs, says General Manager Sean Castady. Limited by space constraints, they decided to install a wood-fired pizza oven upstairs to offer an alternative menu of four to five pizzas and light bar snacks. Fireplaces and standing patio heaters help keep guests warm on chilly nights.
Setting the mood
Madera Kitchen in Los Angeles aims to provide a relaxed environment in its outdoor space through its use of greenery. “We want people to feel like they are on vacation or someplace special,” says co-owner Loyal Pennings, who maintains the greenery on his own to help cut costs. Along with visiting the weekly flower market, where he spends on average less than $100 purchasing wholesale flowers, Pennings has constructed a “rehab area” in the back of the restaurant for struggling foliage.