Solardome customer thrives in adversity with PODs

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Austrian restaurant owners have adapted in the toughest of times – with Solardome® PODs at the heart of their new venture.

Barbaro Restaurant, based in Vienna, chose Solardome Industries to enhance their luxury dining solution in the heart of the city in time for Christmas – but their plans were dealt a huge blow by the pandemic.

Following the success of Jimmy’s Pop-Up Restaurant in London, they opted for three Solardome® PODs of their own for the Trattoria Martinelli restaurant in the Austrian capital – but were unable to open due to local COVID-19 restrictions.

POD dome in AustriaInstead, in a stroke of brilliance, the Barbaro team set up a pop-up street market, incorporating the PODs as dome-shaped stalls.

The glasshouses have been made available for rent, with a wide variety of items on offer, from Amalfi lemons to Dutch tulips. They also partnered with Moet & Chandon, giving visitors the chance to have a mooch around with a glass of champagne in hand.

Co-owner Luigi Barbaro said: “It was a real shame not to use the igloos as we had first intended, but the market has gone down so well in the community.”

The Barbaro team expect to open up their restaurants in May, and will re-introduce the PODs in October, ready for Christmas 2021!

The Barbaro team display the phrase ‘Licht ins Dunkel’ (the name of an Austrian charity, meaning ‘light in the darkness’) at the market, and given their innovation in difficult times, they have certainly lived up to the sentiment.


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