By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer Published Nov 19, 2020 at 2:30 PM

Cafe Benelux will once-again be taking winter patio enjoyment to a new level during the holiday season (as will a variety of other Lowlands Group restaurants)

For the third year running, the Lowlands Group has announced that the Lux Domes will return to the roof of Café Benelux, 346 N. Broadway, on Wednesday, Nov. 25.

The first round of reservations for the Lux Domes experience will go live for the general public on Friday, Nov. 20 at cafebenelux.com/luxdomes. The six domes will be available Nov. 25, 27, 28 and 29 (closed Thanksgiving), and then Wednesdays through Sundays through Dec. 23.

In addition to its enhanced COVID-19 cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing processes, Lowlands Group is implementing a variety of procedures to keep outdoor dining safe. Staggered reservation times allow the individual domes to be disinfected with a fog atomizer machine between dining groups. All of the outdoor structures will be heated by industrial blowers that exchange 100% of the air every five to 15 minutes with fresh air from the outside. Additional mushroom heaters will be installed overhead for added guest comfort.

New this year, the Lux Domes experience will be expanded to include the Lux Winter Loft Ba, a heated tent and warming bar where guests can safely wait before and after their domes experience. New food and beverage packages will also be available, including the "Sweater Weather Mule Drink Package" with Rehorst vodka and house-made orange cinnamon syrup; and the "Mezze Platter" featuring fresh mozzarella, salami and baba ghanoush dip with veggies.

There will also be a new outdoor dining experience. The Lux Winter Porch on Broadway will accommodate between 20-25 diners in a socially distanced heated canopy located on Broadway. The new dining porch is open at both ends to provide air circulation, while still offering protection from the elements.

“In Europe, outdoor dining and entertainment run year-round,” notes Eric Wagner, Lowlands Group CEO. “Wisconsinites possess that same adventurous winter spirit, and our goal is to bring a bit of that gezellig vibe to these ‘outside is the new inside’ spaces as we pivot and respond to evolving circumstances and changing seasons.”

But there's more

Lowlands will also be introducing a variety of dining and holiday experiences over the next several weeks. 

Centraal Grand Café & Tappery, 2306 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., has announced its "Winter Garden of Eten in the Courtyard", a secret garden-like courtyard patio complete wiith a heated tent, clear roof panels and whimsical Bohemian decor. The new patio allows for socially distant dining as well as a  location for a brand new live music series which will debut Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays Nov. 19 through Dec. 19.

Meanwhile, Café Hollander at The Corners of Brookfield will be introducing a new outdoor heated pop-up bar. Beginning Nov. 19, guests can enjoy the ground-level open air environment as a place to refuel before or after holiday shopping.

Additional outdoor experiences will roll out at all Lowlands Milwaukee-area locations starting in December, including cozy canal houses and Northwoods shanties. Guests are encouraged to join Lowlands Group’s loyalty program to be the first to find out about openings and reservations. To sign up, download “Lowlands Rewards” in the App Store or text the word “Lowlands” to 43618. Up to date information is also available at lowlandsgroup.com.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer

Lori Fredrich (Lo) is an eater, writer, wonderer, bon vivante, traveler, cook, gardener and girlwonder. Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, she has tried to leave many times, but seems to be drawn to this quirky city that smells of beer and alewives.

Some might say that she is a little obsessed with food. Lo would say she is A LOT obsessed with food. After all, she has been cooking, eating and enjoying food for decades and has no plans to retire anytime soon. 

Lo's recipes and writing have been featured in a variety of publications including GO: Airtran Inflight Magazine, Cheese Connoisseur, Cooking Light, Edible Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as well as on the blog Go Bold with Butter, the web site Wisconsin Cheese Talk, and in the quarterly online magazine Grate. Pair. Share.