7 Retractable Enclosures That Changed the Patio Game: A Photo Essay

We see a lot of patios in our line of work, and we’ve heard the same thing over and over again from managers across the nation that struggle to get their patios hopping.

No matter how beautiful their picturesque patios are, they keep hearing the same thing.

“Can we sit inside? It’s way too hot [or cold] outside.”

Pretty much everywhere in the U.S. that isn’t Southern California has resigned themselves to thinking patios are a seasonal perk. Texans drink margaritas under the sun come March, but once July hits, the heat forces them back inside. For Midwesterners, football season on the patio lasts a few months in the fall before the bitter wind rolls back in around October.

But we don’t believe patios should be a novelty. They’re beloved by guests when the temperature and weather lines up for them, so we decided to make them a year-round staple. How? By taking the weather out of the equation.

For 15 years, we’ve been installing trackless retractable enclosures on patios nationwide that protect guests from the elements during bad weather. At the same time, they’ll open up to let the sunshine in on those beautiful September Sundays.

To show you just how we’ve done it, we’re spotlighting seven of our favorite installs over the years. Check out what we’ve done and, if you’re interested, let us know if you want more information for your patio.

Pizano’s Pizza & Pasta, Chicago

Pizano’s Pizza & Pasta, Chicago
Retractable Back to Back Lean-To Enclosure

Before we had the chance to work with Pizano’s, they had a problem. They had an uninviting tent trying to serve the purpose of weather-retractor, but it was unsightly and difficult to maintain. But when the owner saw the enclosure we had done at Athena Greek Restaurant in Chicago, they moved quick and signed a contract within the month.

Now, it’s a much more inviting place to spend a Saturday night.

Buffalo Wild Wings, Iselin, NJ

Buffalo Wild Wings, Iselin, NJ
Retractable Lean-To Enclosure

When the manager of the Iselin, New Jersey, Buffalo Wild Wings saw the enclosure we’d done for the BWW in Times Square, it was clear what his store needed — a proper enclosure.

After all, they weren’t able to use their patio for more than 5–6 months of the year, and with the popularity of Buffalo Wild Wings drawing more requests for private parties than they could handle, it was time to stop turning them away because of a lack of space.

The retractable enclosure gave them an additional 60 seats, opening up the chance for an endless stream of private parties.

“We can now have larger private parties, which we couldn’t before. The space added about 60 extra seats. Can’t imagine why any restaurant wouldn’t want a Roll-A-Cover!,” the manager said.

The enclosure also helped them host kids parties in the enclosure, which was separate from the sports bar.

Buffalo Wild Wings, New York City

Buffalo Wild Wings, New York City
Retractable Roof Terrace System

New York City is the city that never sleeps, full of boundless opportunity … except when it comes to space. That makes it a pivotal challenge for restaurants to provide the most of their space without feeling too cramped.

Fortunately for the Times Square Buffalo Wild Wings, they had a rooftop that hadn’t been used for anything substantial. And with FAR (floor area ratio) issues with the City of Manhattan, Buffalo Wild Wings couldn’t have a full enclosure.

So we developed a retractable rooftop using our Suncover product, which set its guests up for a nice view of the New York City skyline while they watch the Knicks, who probably lost (burn).

ShopRite, Cedar Knolls, NJ

ShopRite, Cedar Knolls, NJ
Retractable Lean-To Enclosure

When ShopRite built a brand new store in Cedar Knolls, they had one condition — don’t make it look like just another grocery store.

So they opted to take on a marketplace feel complete with a cafe and a dining area for shoppers to experience the feeling of eating outdoors in a modern setting. But instead of just crafting an overhang from the building, the retractable lean-to allows ShopRite to open things up on a nice day and keep shoppers engaged with the outdoors.

Gansevoort Meatpacking, New York City

Gansevoort Meatpacking, New York City
Retractable Rooftop Lean-To

Ahhh, our first rooftop hotel enclosure. We’ll just let the president of the Gansevoort tell us his experience with it.

“After many years of success with our Roll-A-Cover retractable enclosures on the rooftop of the Gansevoort in New York City’s Meatpacking District and Provocateur at the base of the hotel, we decided to continue our business relationship and have Roll-A-Cover enclose the two exterior areas of our new boutique hotel in London, England.
After working with Roll-A-Cover over the past decade and seeing first hand the benefits of a Roll-A-Cover retractable enclosure, we would not have chosen any other company to provide us year-round use of our outdoor areas. The structural integrity and quality of the product is second to none.”

Michael Achenbaum, President, Gansevoort Hotel Group

Holiday Inn Express, Milford, CT

Holiday Inn Express, Milford, CT
Retractable Motorized Skylight & Rolling Wall System

It gets cold in Connecticut. No surprise there. But what the Holiday Inn Express in Milford, CT, did was take advantage of a scarcity of sorts.

There aren’t many swimming pools in Milford, CT, so they decided to have us develop a system that would let them offer their pool year-round to anyone.

It’s been so popular that local residents stay at the hotel so their kids can spend the night swimming in a climate-controlled environment.

It’s the simple things in life, folks.

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar, Centennial, CO

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar, Centennial, CO
Retractable Rooftop Lean-To Enclosure

We don’t just do one-off enclosures for restaurants and hotels here and there. We actually work with franchisees and corporate chains like Bad Daddy’s Burger Bars across the nation.

So next time you run in to see what Bad Daddy has in store for you, enjoy the view.

Joule Hotel, Dallas

Joule Hotel, Dallas
Retractable Motorized Skylight & Rolling Wall System

Have you ever been to Dallas in August? It gets HOT. So when the Joule Hotel wanted to expand their offerings to include weddings and cocktail receptions, we had a solution for them.

This was the very first rooftop skylight and rolling wall system we did in Dallas, and it’s one we’re proud of even today.


Interested in a retractable enclosure for your patio? Contact us or call us at 866–393–7292 to get started!