Outdoor Dining Tents

Outdoor dining tents have become much more popular than usual in recent months, as a direct result of dining restrictions imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Many restaurants around the country have been obliged to limit indoor service, and have been forced to provide more outdoor service in an effort to reduce exposure to the virus. Just to try and stay operational, many restaurants have installed outdoor dining tents so that patrons can still be accommodated, but in a safer manner than would be possible indoors. Of course, there are other uses for outdoor dining tents, and these will be described below.

Securing your outdoor dining tents

Some outdoor dining tents are setup right in adjacent parking lots or on asphalt platforms next to a restaurant. For these situations, securing the tents with MJC Asphalt Anchors is the best choice, because asphalt anchors are secure and reliable, and they cause no harm to the asphalt surface. In cases where the outdoor dining tent is being setup on a grassy area, tent stakes will suffice, since these are also reliable in their own way.

Features and benefits

The big obvious benefit of erecting outdoor dining tents in the present circumstances, is that it will allow a restaurant owner to continue serving guests while remaining compliant with local directives regarding the number of patrons which can be allowed to gather in any one establishment. Erecting outdoor dining tents will permit patrons to enjoy a meal without being subject to the harsh rays of the sun, or the annoying possibility of rain showers. It can also facilitate the enjoyment of a meal in the fresh outdoors, hopefully with gentle breezes accompanying the dinner, as opposed to the stuffy and more cramped indoor facilities which might be expected normally. Quite often, outdoor dining is accommodated by canopies, which only involve having an overhead covering for shelter, with an open air framework that allows for maximum air circulation.

Usage and purposes

Outdoor dining tents are generally setup by restaurant owners so that patrons can be served without taking up indoor seating. But restaurant owners aren’t the only individuals who make use of these versatile tents, because they can also be used at fairs, carnivals, sporting events, and even by private citizens to host particular parties. Since the main purpose is simply to provide shelter for diners, they can be used for virtually any type of event where refreshments will be served to guests.

Generic sizes

Some restaurant owners will collaborate with tent-makers to customize outdoor dining tents for their particular business, even adding company logos or other decorative graphics on the exterior. While custom tents can be of any size whatsoever, the standard sized tents generally come in some predictable dimensions. For instance, it should be very easy to procure an outdoor dining tents which is sized at 20′ x 20′, 20′ x 26′, 20′ x 30′, 30′ x 30′, 30′ x 40′, or even 40′ x 40′. Some restaurants also opt for smaller tents and canopies, so that individual patrons and groups can be served, with no more than four individuals in the party. For these situations, tents sized at 10′ x 10′ would be quite adequate.

Content for using Asphalt Anchors to hold down tents and canopy structures.

  • Tent Spikes, Earth Augers and 55-gallon barrels of water are commonly used to anchor down Tent and Canopy structures. Tent spikes from 42” and longer are time consuming and have limited uplift resistance.  Earth Augers also have limit uplift resistance and need special equipment to drive into the payment and dirt below.
  • Asphalt Anchors provide uplift resistant values from 1,500 to 5,000 lbs. They install and are ready to use in 15 minutes.
  • Instead of driving a 42” Tent Stake, Asphalt Anchors require a 7/8” to 1 1/2” diameter hole and a drill depth from 6” to 10” deep.
  • The SP58 Asphalt Anchor provides 5,000 lbs in uplift resistance. That far exceeds the performance of tent stakes and earth augers.
  • Asphalt anchors can be installed flush with the surface of the asphalt. This is a great feature for temporary tent or canopy that will be taken down and reinstalled in the future.  The tent can be re-anchored in the original Asphalt Anchor.  No need to drive a new set up tent spikes into the parking lot.  When not in use, the anchor thread opening can be capped with a plastic plug which protects the Asphalt Anchor from the elements.
  • Asphalt Anchors save time and money.
  • They install in a fraction of the time.
  • They provide superior uplift resistance compared to tent stakes and earth augers.
  • No special installation equipment is needed
  • Anchors are ready to use in 15 minutes
  • Corrosion resistant finishes: Zinc Plated, Stainless Steel 304 & Dacromet

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