Mexican cuisine in an igloo is an unlikely pairing, but Que Pasa Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar is hoping its new venues will entice patrons to dine al fresco in any weather.
This week, Que Pasa is installing three geodesic domes measuring 12 feet by 12 feet on its lower patio. The heated domes, which resemble igloos, are pure enough for diners to gaze at the stars or watch the snow fall. Each dome will accommodate six to eight people.
“Experience the outdoors from an indoor perspective,” said Myrie O’Neil, CEO of Que Pasa. “They will be really nice and comfortable.”
The first three domes will be decorated and ready for use this week. O’Neil said Que Pasa plans to add four or five more domes to the rooftop of the restaurant that overlooks downtown Rapid City. For now, domes are available on a first come, first served basis, but in the future they may be able to be booked, he said.
Domes have been a trend in big cities. O’Neil said he saw the domes in Las Vegas and liked the idea.
“People can come in and they can have an igloo, have dinner, go out and have some margaritas,” said Bob Fuchs, managing partner of Que Pasa. “Each table has its own private igloo. It’s gonna be a lot of fun.
“Especially for the winter here we’re losing all of our seats outside, but now we’re really going to have fun sitting outside all winter,” Fuchs said.
“We want the community to come down and welcome and enjoy the domes,” O’Neil said.
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