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A new Dining Dome at The Dock in Kingston is a place everyone is going to want a seat at.

As the temperatures dip but the sunshine and blue skies prevail, it is the perfect time for an enterprising young Canberra couple to launch their new business, Dining Dome.

You can’t miss it next time you stroll along the Kingston Foreshore.

Dining Dome “number 1” has been erected in the front of The Dock, allowing 12 people to delight in a dome of warmth and privacy, not to mention Scandi-inspired interiors, while they dine on an exclusive chef’s menu and sip a glass of something lovely.

Why brave the elements when you can have access to 360 degree views from behind your private transparent Dining Dome while snuggling into a sheepskin-covered chair and resting your food on a bespoke Thor’s Hammer table?

There’s heating, lanterns and no biting winds to stop your conversation in its tracks.

And just for the record—these Dining Domes are hurricane-proof!

The domes have been an obsession of Tim and Elaine Purser for the last few years and the arrival of baby Liliana just three weeks ago (which, for the record makes it three kids under four for this busy couple) has not stalled their plans in Kingston.

Tim and Elaine Purser prior to their Dining Dome going up at The Dock in Kingston.

“We are so excited to bring a new and unique dining experience to Canberra,” said Tim.

Tim is a former lawyer who quit the corporate world to follow his entrepreneurial passions.

“It couldn’t be a more perfect time to put our first one up in terms of the weather, with people wanting to sit outside and enjoy the sun or the stars while staying warm and protected,” he said.

For his wife Elaine, the desire of a Dining Dome is more than just warmth, it is the intimate space and all the beautiful touches, including trailing vines, lanterns and luxe furniture, which make it a must-do experience.

Elaine is a former HR specialist with Google who now runs her own interior design and consulting business. Her time working in Europe exposed her to the concept of dining domes, which are now an accepted feature of big cities.

She first saw them as glamorous après ski sitting spots in Switzerland and glamping domes in Scandinavia.

The couple have plans to bring their dining domes to restaurants and event spaces in Canberra and beyond.

“For us it makes sense that businesses would like an added attraction for customers, but it also allows them to make greater use of their outdoor spaces even if the weather is bad,” said Tim.

“We know a lot of businesses have been hit hard by COVID so we hope this provides a bit of a new opportunity for them to safely increase capacity outside,” said Elaine.

The Dining Dome at The Dock is available from tomorrow for reservation for a set menu and a maximum of 12 people.

If you would like a Dining Dome at your venue, check out diningdome.com.au or follow them @diningdome

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