Old Ski Gondolas Find New Life As Private Dining Rooms

Back in the summer, it was easy to spread out the tables at Mountain Tap Brewery in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, but even with heaters and firepits, the patio would be a rough sell in the winter. That’s why owners Wendy and Rich Tucciarone came up with the idea of converting out-of-service ski gondolas into private outdoor dining spaces. The gondolas can comfortably seat six adults and are available by reservation. Each gondola cabin has its own blue tooth speaker so you can choose your own music, and they contain a small heater to keep you warm while you dine. The restaurant blocks off 15 minutes between seatings to sanitize, clean and air out the gondolas. The Tucciarones say the gondolas have allowed them to stay relevant and busy enough to allow them to keep all of their employees and not lose any shifts.