Toronto bar opens heated patio and live music venue this week

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A brave Toronto bar has chosen to not only open a heated outdoor patio during this chilly week, but will host live music there every night.

Drom Taberna is known for its menu of Eastern European cuisine and its calendar of events filled with world music groups.

They were actually planning to have a New Years Eve party with music until the wee hours of the morning and lots of decadent food, but of course it didn’t go to plan.

On December 20, they announced that it would be their last day of service indoors and on the patio until further notice. About a week later, they were back to their lockdown deli concept.

Now, exactly one month later, they’re opening a heated patio with live music every night on January 20.

There are, however, some pretty strict guidelines to follow if you want to have fun, so you should check them out for more on how to make a reservation on their website.

For the first week, they will be doing two dinners, 6-8:15 p.m. and 8:30-11 p.m., with bands playing at each seat and entry fees at the door. Coverage should be around $10-$15 and will go directly to groups.

They can only accommodate groups of two, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine or 10.

They will also allow people to come in for a drink and quick snacks from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., and will post updates on their Instagram about any openings or cancellations.

They installed a massive heater and several propane heaters to keep things warm, even if it drops to -20°C, which was a significant cost for the small business.

“In order for us to just cover the rent, pay the heaters, pay our family, we’re going to need some serious drinkers and eaters to show up. To be more specific, by my calculations (hey, it’s Misha, the guy wears a hat and who forgets to wear pants during the summer), we have to earn $73.50 per person,” reads Drom’s guidelines.

“If you’re having a dry January, or if you’re on some sort of diet as a New Year’s resolution, we still love you, we’re 100% behind you (self-care is a really good thing to do) and we miss you, but come see us when we can operate at full capacity or order takeout or come see our charcuterie.”

They are so serious about their survival strategy that their booking process comes with some major caveats.

There’s a secret code hidden in the guidelines that you need to know that proves you’ve read them all the way through, and you need to leave a phone number when booking so they can call you for a number credit card.

You will also be charged $50 per person for no-shows or for letting them know you are not coming less than an hour in advance.

Lineups for the live bands are expected to be announced a little later.

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