STOVEHOUSE BEGINS “DINING AT A DISTANCE”

Dining at Stovehouse is spread across the entire campus, new procedures in place for May 11 reopen

HUNTSVILLE,​ ​Ala.​ ​​–​ If you’ve been to Stovehouse on a busy evening, you know that dining, live music and leisuring was primarily concentrated in the “Food Garden” area. But the campus spans more than twelve acres. Over the past weeks, Stovehouse management has worked according to CDC guidelines to optimize its courtyards, breezeways and covered outdoor areas for safe, separated, dining as crowds return. We call it “Dining at a Distance.”

“The goal here is to provide comfort and compliance,” says Stovehouse Operations Manager Jonathan Barnette. “We want customers to be able to enjoy our eclectic restaurants and bars, the great weather we’re having … and we have the advantage of being able to spread that experience out over a large area to keep things safe.”  

For the first phase of reopening that begins 5:00pm, May 11, tables on campus are spaced at least eight feet apart and still allow seating for several hundred customers. And just for safe measure, all areas will take advantage of fresh air and any added advantages of UV light. The result is a comfortable and considerate mix of shady under-cover, fan-cooled and sunny open-air dining that should provide a bit of a cure to this cabin fever we’re all feeling. Download campus dining map.

In addition, Stovehouse is deploying dedicated staff to sanitize tables between use. Restaurants will all employ low-contact strategies for ordering and restrooms will be propped open with automated soap and water for a contactless experience.

Restaurants including Mazzara’s Italian Kitchen, Kamado Ramen, Taqueria El Cazador and Fresko Grille, which have been operating and perfecting procedures during the shutdown, will all be open during this phase. POURHOUSE will have its limited reopening Wednesday, May 13, and Oh Crepe will reopen shortly thereafter. Bark & Barrel BBQ is set to open in the upcoming weeks as well!

What about live entertainment and games? “For this first phase we’ll have a great playlist of music piped throughout the entire campus for the festive vibe everyone is used to,” says Steven Jackson, Marketing Director at Stovehouse. “We may even have films on the big screens. But we won’t be having live bands because of current guidelines on safely spaced gathering size. We know live music and big crowds will be back, but we are wading cautiously into those waters for the safety of our patrons.” Games like bocce, foot pool, and cornhole will also stay shelved for now to cut down on cleaning and encourage social distancing.

What about enforcement of rules? Stovehouse has “campus hosts” as well as regular security who will “educate, inform and enforce” any mandates from state/national authorities. In addition, Stovehouse management has released a few guidelines for what it calls “Considerate COVID Commingling Conduct or “CCCC). While the language in the guidelines keeps Stovehouse’s typical sense of humor, the tone on campus is far from being cavalier about COVID, says Jackson. “We’re posting these rules as a gentle reminder to our guests,” he says. “That if, and only if, we all act like grownups by policing our own behavior, we can keep Huntsville open and keep COVID-19 numbers down … and return more quickly to all the horsejackery we’re used to here at Stovehouse.”


CONTACT: Steven Jackson steven@stovehouse.com or (256) 714-2416 for more information

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About​ ​Stovehouse​: 

In the century-old building that was once all work and no play, the reimagined Stovehouse complex is now manufacturing leisure. Located at 3414 Governors Drive, the old Martin Stove factory is being transformed into a village of eclectic restaurants, gourmet cocktail & coffee bars, event & entertainment spaces, boutique shopping, offices and more.

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Update as of May 7, 2020
Dear Stovehouse family, you knew this Public Health message was coming: We want to bring you up-to-date on our plans and procedures for preparedness and protection for the COVID-19 concerns. We are keeping abreast of the situation and following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and local/state officials.

Please continue to check this page for live updates as situations may change.

PROTECTION & PREVENTION NOW
Our janitorial staff is enacting enhanced cleaning measures in regard to frequency and CDC-recommended cleaners.

Stovehouse restaurants are here for you! Support local businesses & keep getting your foodie fix! 

CAMPUS RESTAURANTS
At this time, some restaurants on the campus are offering grab & go, curbside delivery and delivery via GrubSouth, GrubHub, DoorDash. Restaurants are going above and beyond safety guidelines for your protection. Check with individual businesses for options of getting your fix from home! Please give restaurants a call individually to confirm hours, to order … then, park in Stovehouse East parking lot for pickup.
See Current Restaurant Ordering Options
EATING ON CAMPUS
Right now, there is no eating on campus per Health Department guidelines.
PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS
Scheduled live music is suspended for now.
GENERAL LEISURING ON CAMPUS
While our outdoor areas are technically open, we urge the public to follow CDC, State of Alabama & Whitehouse guidelines for gatherings, in regard to size of gatherings and social distancing within any gatherings.
SHOPS & OFFICES ON CAMPUS
Please contact businesses individually for their hours, policies and procedures in regard to COVID-19. On campus office tenants and businesses are welcome to conduct business as usual or enact alternate measures.
BECAUSE WE CARE ABOUT YOU & YOURS …
Please make yourself aware of CDC Guidelines for protecting yourself and helping to stop the spread of COVID-19. We want to make sure you, your friends and family are well enough to visit us often for some good ‘ol fashion #horsejackery and community fun.
WHAT’S NEXT?
Stovehouse takes your health, and the health of the community, country and beyond very seriously. While we, of course, want to be a place of festive fun, we will follow the lead of experts should additional preventative and shut down measures become necessary. Return to this page for updates or, click here to be notified of all Stovehouse news, events & more >

Thank you for your patronage & understanding during these complicated times!
-Stovehouse Management
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