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: all are open and are following CDC & state-mandated guidelines.
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.”
DOWNLOAD: Stovehouse COVID Poster • Stovehouse Aerial View of Dining Areas
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.