Michigan Business Installs Ice Shanties For Outdoor Dining

A Michigan bed and breakfast has built five ice shanties — structures favored by ice fishermen — to allow their business to continue amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Little Traverse Inn in Maple City, Mich., said the five shanties cost a total of $25,000, but it's money well spent to continue to operate. Owner and chef Graeme Leask said he and his employees came up with the idea last summer, when indoor dining was suspended. Each of the shanties contains a private dining room for up to six people. The opening of the shanties in December led to an influx of reservations and allowed the business to bring four people back to work and even hire an additional person.