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'Tis the season to dine outside

There's something about eating outside that makes the food taste better. And with only 100 or so days in Michigan to enjoy open air eating Metro Detroit restaurants and bistros have begun see the popular and economic appeal of outdoor seating.


"But in cities such as Birmingham, Royal Oak, Plymouth and others where restaurants of all kinds line the streets, that's no longer true. In those markets and others, outdoor seating has become an almost essential tool for owners who want to keep their seats filled and cash registers ringing.

In Birmingham, restaurants with bistro liquor licenses are required to have some outdoor seating, as a way to enliven downtown. But even if the ordinance didn't exist, Café Via manager and co-owner Carol Cahalan said she wouldn't open a restaurant there without a patio."

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