The vaccine is here. New treatments have been discovered and restrictions are loosening. But it seems that some of the new trends we’ve seen over the past year will continue to be the norm for the foreseeable future.

Carry out is king. Dining inside is once again an option, but many people are still choosing carry out. Perhaps this is because they’re worried about the virus; or maybe a quiet night at home wearing sweatpants just trumps a table at a restaurant. And it doesn’t look like the spike in carry out dining will be going away anytime soon. According to Upserve, 60% of consumers are choosing carry out at least once per week. At Stockholm’s, we’ve continued to offer our full menu along with new monthly specials for both dine in and carry out. 

Drinks to go. Dovetailing right along with carry out meals are carry out adult beverages. Many states, like Illinois, relaxed statutes regarding mixed drinks to go at the start of the pandemic. While the change in statute may be temporary, a Zagat survey found that 59% of consumers will continue to order non-traditional items like alcoholic beverages for carry out even after the pandemic ends. Unfortunately, since Stockholm’s is categorized as a brewpub, thanks to special interest lobbying we are unable to package mixed drinks for carry out. But, as always, all of our handcrafted beers, as well as our seasonal selections and even barrel aged brews, are available in liter growlers to go.

Outdoor dining. We Midwest folk are pretty hardy. We’re used to the relentless snow and the brutal cold of the Illinois winter. But over the past year, outdoor patios have been in use during months when they’d usually be shuttered. Restaurants in every climate are creatively using outdoor space like alley ways, parking lots, and sidewalks to offer safe and comfortable dining choices for their Guests. Our open-air heated patio is a great option for those not ready to dine indoors or for those who just want some fresh air while they enjoy their Stockholm’s favorites.  

While we’ve never been the restaurant to go along with what’s “trendy”, we’re always willing to do whatever it takes for our Guests and to serve great food and drinks in a safe and comfortable environment. At this, the one-year anniversary of a rollercoaster ride of a year, we’d like to once again say Thank You for your unwavering support! We’re grateful we’re still here doing what we love. Cheers!