Lux Domes atop Café Benelux

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Courtesy Cafe Benelux

Last updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:21 pm

A new private dining experience in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward has sparked the interest of local restaurant-goers and rooftop lovers who don’t want to wait for summer.

Café Benelux this winter launched a new concept, called Lux Domes, that allows patrons to drink and eat on the restaurant’s outdoor rooftop deck while sitting inside fully enclosed dome structures, each heated with an electric fireplace.

For $200, groups of up to eight people can reserve one of the six domes for 90-minute time slots on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. A reservation includes a complimentary round of seasonal beverages, such as hot toddies, mulled wine or hot cocoa, and souvenir mugs for the whole group. 

Food is also available for order, but not from the same menu as the downstairs restaurant. With minimal seating and table surface inside the 11-feet-in-diameter space, Lux Domes serves shareable platters of finger food, including cheese, charcuterie, oysters and bite-sized pieces of cake.

The domes are available for reservation, according to their website, but open time slots have quickly sold out since the concept launched late last year. Reservations for December first opened on Nov. 27, but completely sold out by Nov. 28, prompting Café Benelux owner Lowlands Group to open a second wave of reservations.

Courtesy Cafe Benelux

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Maredithe Meyer
Maredithe Meyer started as an intern reporter at BizTimes in summer 2015. She currently covers entertainment, sports, tourism and restaurants. In May 2017, she graduated with a journalism degree from Marquette University where she worked as an in-depth projects reporter for the Marquette Wire and Marquette Tribune.