Patio tent flapped like a deranged seagull in Minnesota’s winds

For 20 years, John S. wrestled with a tent that flapped like a deranged seagull in Minnesota’s winds. Diners played a game of dodge-the-raindrop while enduring the tent’s flapping symphony, which had become the unofficial soundtrack of their meals. It was clear Lake Elmo Inn needed more than a patchwork solution. Enter Cabrio Structures, with …Read More

Flair for turning craftsmanship into an art form

Cabrio Structures, the maestro of retractable patio enclosures, has mastered the art of blending indoor coziness with outdoor flair. Their patented designs are like magic carpets for your patio—transforming any space into a year-round haven, whether you’re weathering Boston’s snowstorms or Seattle’s drizzle. With Cabrio, you can say goodbye to the whims of Mother Nature …Read More

Star Tribune | March 16, 2012

Over at Patrick McGovern’s, one of St. Paul’s best patios just got better. Last week, it debuted a new retractable roof. And this is no rinky-dink roof, either. The stone patio is now fully enclosed — like a shimmering glass house erected with wide steel beams. Here’s the cool part: The mechanized roof retracts like a …Read More

Star Tribune | September 4, 2011

Patrick McGovern’s co-owner Pat Boemer said the pub’s planned Cabreeze™ would extend its patio season from three-plus months to eight or nine months a year while providing space for crowds from the nearby Xcel Energy Center. | October 31, 2011

With UV protection, a retractable roof, a 90-mph wind rating, and the ability to withstand heavy snow loads, the Cabreeze™ can hack whatever weather Minnesota can muster … It is affectionately known as the ‘snow globe’ and ‘Lake Elmo’s newest chapel.’

Star Tribune | September 4, 2011

Lake Elmo Inn chef-owner John Schiltz said his Cabreeze™ enabled him to seat 1,000 extra diners during the holidays and 500 extra during Valentine’s weekend in his 35-seat patio, which he previously covered with a temporary tent. His family celebrated Christmas in the Cabreeze™, which he heats to operate year-round.

Cabreeze restaurant owner

The main benefit of the Cabreeze™ is that I don’t have to study the weather every day before we open the patio. Our restaurant is so popular, if I gambled wrong with the weather, I’d have nowhere to put those people.

Pat Boemer, owner of Patrick McGoverns

Year-to-date we’re up 12% and, in August, up more than 20% over last year which is the first time in 30 years of business we’ve had that high of monthly increase!

MN Meetings Mag | November 30, 2010

John Schiltz, owner of the Lake Elmo Inn, has always had good patio business, but with the addition of a Cabreeze™ structure, he can now cash in on this business year-round.

Patron of Lake Elmo Inn

We heard about the ‘snow globe’ from John talking about it on the radio and came over for our first time from Minneapolis. We love it!

John Schiltz, owner of Lake Elmo Inn

We used to have a tent on our patio and no matter how we dressed it up it was still a tent. Our Cabreeze™ is not only functional, but it looks fantastic and adds to the character of our building.

John Schiltz, owner of Lake Elmo Inn

In December we seated over 1,000 additional guests ($50,000+ additional revenue) on our patio. Living in Minnesota I never thought I would be able to say that.

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 …Read More