* The Daily Herald highlights what some suburban restaurants are doing now that cold weather is approaching…
Outdoor dining has been a savior for restaurants hurt by the pandemic. It resumed before indoor dining was allowed. Months later, diners still prefer it as a safer option.
That’s inspired restaurant owners to get creative to keep patrons at outdoor tables for as long as the weather allows. […]
Blankets are also on sale at Spears, a Wheeling bar that specializes in bourbon, burgers and beer. About 80 percent of the customers there have opted for outdoor seating, so owner and manager Ashley Hembree began looking at how she could continue that into fall. […]
Nick Drivas has seen that same commitment to outdoor dining at Grill House in Northbrook. He estimated only about 10 percent of his customers opt to eat inside.
Despite what you may read on social media or hear on talk radio or see on local TV, the vast majority of people are concerned about catching the virus. Smart business owners understand this.
That being said, I don’t know what’s going to happen when the cold weather really hits. All the blankets and space heaters in the world aren’t going to do much good when it’s below freezing and windy. Back to carry-out, I suppose.