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[ 0 ] May. 25, 2011 | SBO Editor

Restaurants around the country are ready to cater to winter-weary patrons eager to enjoy the outdoors as they dine or sip after-dinner cocktails.

Many towns have caught on to the potential for restaurant patios and sidewalk cafes to add energy and life to downtown business districts, but many also walk a fine line between the needs of businesses and residents when it comes to permits, curfews and other restrictions. Make sure you understand zoning laws in your community if you plan to put some tables outside your establishment. Call the County Clerk’s office in your community to get the rules and regulations and see if you qualify without too much paperwork or hassle before you open those umbrellas.

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