First, consider this: Those with a patio, a truly nice patio, have already won. You have a big advantage over competitors who don’t have outdoor seating. Second, you automatically increase the number of customer seats during warm weather. Every additional seat you have outside is a cash register that won’t stop ringing until the bad weather comes. This point was not lost on Sondra Bernstein, who recently renovated the rustic, country French patio at Girl & the Fig in ...

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