The owners of The Campground knew it was going to take more than fire pits for them to ride out a frigid winter during the pandemic. So owners Christopher Ciesiel and Cristin Llewellyn did something a little more extreme: They installed a little “cabin” village outside their homey tavern in the West Bottoms. The cabins are actually garden sheds, which came flat-packed at “a fairly daunting up-front cost.” Llewellyn decorated each cabin with themed items from the couple’s home and personal backyard shed to create self-contained drinking dens that are social-distancing friendly. During the Christmas season, the cabins were used by vendors during a traditional European, open-air holiday market. For the rest of the winter, they’ll be available for small group gatherings.
“As long as we can keep creating an inclusive environment and keep both our guests and staff safe, then we’ll take that as a success,” Ciesiel says.