How Migration Focused on Safety Considerations with New Taproom Layout

Migration Brewing is the first tenant in a new nine-story high rise in Portland, Oregon that was just completed in August, bringing a 2,000 square foot rooftop patio to fruition, to give guests a new — and safe — experience with the brewery. Beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages, and a simple food menu are offered at the new socially-distanced patio. Planning for the new space was unlike planning for the opening of a space pre-COVID, with safety and social distancing precautions the new norm.

The team at Migration spent a lot of time working out COVID protocols within its other two pubs in Portland, so opening a rooftop patio came relatively easily.

“Patio spaces are where guests feel the most comfortable, so as of right now, all tables that are at the Rooftop at Canvas are outside,” said Brand Manager Avery Harris. “All tables are spaced at least six feet apart and are fully sanitized between guests. There are several sanitizer stations for guests, and there are floor markers to keep those in line appropriately spaced.”

Currently, the new space has 13 patio tables that seat 43 people, she said, with four more tables coming. As restrictions lift and guests feel safe, more tables will be added appropriately, including either tables or a bartop to go inside. Right now, about 60 people is the capacity for the patio for Phase One of reopening. 

Prior to the pandemic, Migration had been working with Urban Renaissance Group — the brand leading the project development of Canvas at Press Blocks — to open a pub on a lower level. Now, with guests increasingly looking for outdoor experiences, the plans were altered and instead Migration began working on a patio on the ninth floor.

“With their newly completed building and guests wanting to be outside, we worked together to create a space that made the most sense for everyone,” Harris said.

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