By Rachel Forrest, Seacoastonline.com
When it comes to braving the winter chill, hardy New Englanders are up for the challenge. However, while outdoor dining at Seacoast restaurants had diners happily enjoying delicious drinks and dishes long into fall, there was a point at which it just became a bit too frosty for servers and diners alike.
The majority of Seacoast restaurants remain open this winter as the coronavirus pandemic drags on, whether it’s for indoor dining or takeout only. In early December, though, came a series of announcements from some restaurants they were closing until spring, “hibernating” until outdoor dining can open once again.
“The writing was on the wall as soon as outdoor dining died,” said Keith Barringer, co-owner of Rudi’s Portsmouth and Rudi’s Market Square with Brook Gassner. Barringer said that they had originally planned to close for the winter on Nov. 28 but extended that to Dec. 10.
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