Dining Al Fresco Is Out This Week

Steve Miller
April 16, 2018 - 4:56 pm
Glenn's Diner Outside

Glenn's Diner in Ravenswood (WBBM Newsradio/Steve Miller)

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Sidewalk cafes have their tables and chairs out, all ready to go, whenever the weather warms up. 

In the meantime, a lot of those cafes are losing a chance to make more money, WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller reports.

The lunchtime crowd at Glenn's Diner in Ravenswood was enjoying the indoor warmth Monday.

The tables and chairs out on the sidewalk held a frosting of snow.

"We were debating whether or not to set them up. Usually, we set them up every day. But there's snow on them today, so, there's really no reason to set them up,” said Debbie Edick, co-owner of Glenn's.

The cold weather has affected business.

"We're still a lot slower than we normally are this time of year. As the weather starts to go toward 70 degrees, we start to get a lot more people out. As it goes away from 70 degrees, we kind of lose customers. So, this cold has kept a lot of people indoors,” Edick said.

Sidewalk cafe permits are valid March 1 to Dec. 1. They cost restaurants a minimum of $600.