Ian Charnas

Frostbites Cafe

Pop-up cafe on ice

On March 8, 2015, a restaurant briefly appeared 1/4 mile north of Ohio on the frozen Lake Erie.

No invitations had been sent, but thanks to a nearby park and social media, over 400 people braved the journey to explore a frozen landscape and investigate the distant structure, where free hot chocolate and chili waited to meet them.

Park rangers verify special event permit for Frostbites Cafe popup restaurant on frozen Lake Erie

My role in all of this

If you live in a part of the world that gets very cold in the winter, it’s a good idea to come up with a reason to look forward to the temperature dropping.

When the top 24 inches of Lake Erie froze in 2015, the next step seemed rather obvious.

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