Cabrio Structures Makes Outdoor Structures Convertible!

Geek Beat is one of the world’s most recognizable technology news brands, delivering daily tech news, tips, and reviews and a few years ago they featured Cabrio Structures in a video. Check it out! “With retractable roofs from Cabrio Structures, restaurants can make use of their outdoor patios even when the weather isn’t perfect.”

How to finally use your outdoor patio during high-traffic holidays!

You want to be able to be full to capacity during high-traffic sections of the day like breakfast, lunch and dinner. Naturally. And wouldn’t it be nice to count on your outdoor patio for those high-traffic periods too? All too often, we hear of restaurant owners express dissatisfaction in having little or no control over the availability of their […]

New Townhouse would bring all-year ‘outdoor’ dining downtown

By Sylvia Rector, Detroit Free Press Restaurant Critic2:55 p.m. EST January 12, 2015 (Photo: McIntosh Poris Associates) Restaurateur Jeremy Sasson has unveiled details of his planned 300-seat Townhouse restaurant at Woodward and Congress downtown — a project whose centerpiece is a 3,000-square-foot, all-glass dining space where guests will have the feeling of dining outdoors in […]

Freeport’s Cimino’s opens first ‘Cabreeze’ in Illinois

  JEREMY SHARP/THE JOURNAL-STANDARD Staff from Cimino’s Little Italy and city leaders join in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in the restaurant’s new glass atrium expansion. By Jeremy Sharp The Journal-Standard Posted Aug. 14, 2014 @ 4:05 pm Updated Aug 14, 2014 at 5:02 PM FREEPORT — Cimino’s Little Italy’s newest dining area — […]

New Pizza Man gets retractable roof

triumph over arson fire by Michele McCormack Story Created: May 22, 2014 Story Updated: May 22, 2014  MILWAUKEE-It works for Miller Park, so why not at one of the city’s most popular east side restaurants. This week, crews are installing a retractable glass roof at Pizza Man to cover a large outdoor balcony and seated […]

Spring has finally arrived, patios are filling up!

We don’t like empty patios and full restaurants with long lines of hungry patrons. We’ve been there, and it’s not fun. It’s not fun to be the patron with pager in hand, waiting for an empty table. It’s not fun for you, the restaurant owner, knowing that just one day earlier you could seat an […]

Video from Cabrio Structure’s early years

From Cabrio Structures on Vimeo. A March 9, 2010 Fox 6 News interview about the Wisconsin smoking ban. Kent Forsland, founder and CEO of Cabrio Structures, gave a statement at the Wisconsin Restaurant Show about the ability of a Cabreeze™ to protect people who smoke from the outside elements.

Winter Storms Devastate Restaurant Industry

It’s no secret that winter storms hurt the restaurant industry this year. Restaurant patrons across 33% of the country have been reluctant or unable to leave their homes for the better part of 2014, Wade Handson, a principal at Technomic says. As Spring arrives, consumers will reenter the foodservice industry, but January and February have left […]

First in it’s class of retractable patio structures: Crooked Pint thermally separated Cabreeze

I’m writing today about something new and thrilling! You might remember the Thermally Broken or Separated Cabreeze™ blog post a few months ago. It’s the concept that a building can have conditioned space (interior heated and/or cooled space) that can open to the outdoors. Today it’s a real life concept! You might be wondering… inside dining room […]

Something big is coming + pre-patio season tips

This year, the frost levels are so deep that Spring is certain to be days — if not weeks! — later than usual. Use these tips to create peace of mind and make sure your restaurant is 100% ready to come out of hibernation and make the entrance into Patio Season! Catalog patio furniture. Make […]

Outdoor wedding horror stories; tents are for camping and the circus

Recently I was speaking with an events coordinator and he shared a couple tent related horror stories. At his location in NYC, they host a number of weddings. And, as an option, they offer the wedding party the use of a tent. Flapping tent noise. One wedding, the wind was so strong they couldn’t hear the […]

Should I put a garage door on my restaurant?

Some people think an ordinary garage door on a restaurant will be just fine. It’s not. Not only are the exposed rails really unsightly, but also ordinary garage doors simply don’t have the integrity you need to keep your restaurant secure and clean. You’ve seen the “cost cutting” strategy of installing cheap garage doors to […]

What can we do for you?

INCREASE PATIO DAYS. Our ideal client  is someone who has an outdoor patio and — because of weather — sometimes needs to turn people away because their patio is unusable. We take your patio and turn it into a 4-season (yes, all year round, 365 1/4th days) aesthetically pleasing place to eat, dance, book bachelorette parties […]

How long will it take for us to have a Cabreeze™?

Today my goal is to answer a common question: “how long does it take?” The simple answer is 15-32 weeks. (We’ve been averaging 17 weeks to installation.) The more in-depth answer is here: One. When you first meet us at a trade show or by a Google search, it might take you some time to […]

Are you a visionary?

vi·sion·ar·y ˈviZHəˌnerē/ adjective 1. a person with original ideas about what the future will or could be like. “a visionary leader” • • • My job gives me the opportunity to meet with a lot of creative people. The hospitality industry alone has its fair share of creative people but restaurateurs take the cake! The nature […]

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