As springtime starts to roll northward across the nation, restaurant operators’ thoughts turn to outdoor dining. While patios are a year-round staple of Sun Belt dining, they remain an important piece of expanded restaurant real estate, from sidewalk cafes in New York and Rush Street-side seating in Chicago to beach-side tables in Miami or San Diego. RELATED • How restaurants can consistently improve service, sales • A look at Kona Grill's new restaurant ...

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