Second-hand ski gondolas too old to be used for transporting skiers has proved to be a good business for The Gondola Shop in Fruita, Colorado. They can be used for outdoors, but inside, dining at restaurants. Each gondola can comfortably seat up to six persons around a table and solves seating restrictions for restaurants during the pandemic, magazine foodandwine.com reports.
Shop-owner Dominique Bastien and her team began converting old ski gondolas into novel, pandemic-safe, private dining spaces for panicked restaurant owners wondering how they were going to stay in business over the winter.
The Gondola Shop is a spinoff of Bastien’s regular trade, which is polishing and repainting ski gondolas that are still in use at ski resorts around the globe.