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Life in a Bubble Is Warm and Relaxed at Lazy Bean Cafe
By Bracha Schwartz | October 22, 2020
Bubble-enclosed tables at Lazy Bean Cafe. (Credit: Bracha Schwartz)
Lazy Bean Cafe is not going to let cold weather spoil your fun. The tables that have sprung up in front of the café are now protected by plastic bubbles; each can hold up to six people. With openings on two sides for proper airflow and disinfectant spray used throughout the day and on request, safety is paramount. You can ask for a tabletop fireplace if you don’t have any children with you under age 12. It’s a heavy rock with an insert that creates a clean, smokeless flame, providing even more heat. “The bubble adds about five to 10 degrees of heat and the fireplace adds another five to 10 degrees, so it can be up to 20 degrees warmer,” said Dani Secemski, head of operations for Glatt Express and Lazy Bean. “The flame has a crackling sound, which also provides a nice ambience.” The bubbles are totally waterproof so you can stay warm and dry while watching the raindrops slide down.
Secemski said the bubbles are a perfect solution for Lazy Bean seating. “We have been avoiding indoor dining because many customers did not feel comfortable ordering in line while customers were eating with their masks off,” he said. He first saw the bubbles in Manhattan and ordered them for Lazy Bean. “They’re getting rave reviews. We’re always trying to stay ahead of the curve.”