Dining outdoors allowed again: list of food and drink spots opening patios

With the latest news that outdoor dining will be allowed again starting Dec. 19, here are some restaurants that we know of that plan to roll out service on their patios. Keep in mind that with it also come restrictions during the pandemic, including no more than four people at a table and tables being spaced at least six feet apart.
As things can change daily, check with restaurants individually for the latest updates. We will update this list as we hear of more. If you have an establishment open for outdoor dining, submit your information to eat@pioneerpress.com for consideration.

Red Cow restaurants: all four Red Cow locations open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Tuesday through Sunday. Guests can make a reservation online. Seating available for walk-ins depending on availability. Several locations including 393 Selby Ave., St. Paul; 651-789-0545; redcowmn.com.
Red Rabbit restaurants: Both Red Rabbit locations have pergolas with heaters for enjoying pizzas and pastas. Open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday by reservation. Walk-ins allowed depending on availability. Two locations, 788 Grand Ave., St. Paul; 651-444-5995; and 201 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-767-8855; redrabbitmn.com.
Smack Shack: Smack Shack’s outdoor patio has plenty of newly installed infrared heaters to keep things warm on the covered patio, even when it’s as cold as 10 degrees out. Patio seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 603 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-259-7288; smack-shack.com.
Gianni’s: Owner Terri Huml, recently installed a new covered pergola complete with heaters on the patio at Gianni’s Steakhouse off Lake Street in downtown Wayzata. Open daily from 4 to 8 p.m. Starting in 2021, Gianni’s will be closed Mondays. 635 Lake St. E., Wayzata; 952-404-1100; giannis-steakhouse.com.

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