For Tara Zinser, turning 22 was made even more special by Willow — a 14-week-old chocolate labrador retriever she adopted the morning of June 28, her birthday.

Later that afternoon, Zinser and Willow headed over to Seventh Son Brewing Co. not only to celebrate Zinser’s birthday but also it was the first time her friends Emily Fulk and Derek Brady took their 14-week-old black Goldendoodle puppy, Hazel, out for drinks.

2021 officially marks almost three years of enjoying pet-friendly patios in Columbus, after legislation went into effect in 2018 allowing restaurants to welcome dogs to their outdoor dining spaces, bringing 

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One positive outgrowth of the pandemic is the way that seemingly every food-and-drink establishment sprouted some kind of outdoor dining venue. The more, the merrier, right? Listing them all isn’t feasible, but be on the lookout for more suggestions in the coming weeks, and be sure to check hours and availability in advance. In the meantime, here’s a place to start:

Patio epicenter

If there’s one neighborhood that outdoes all others in terms of patios, it’s St. Paul’s Cathedral Hill. The gold standard — not just for the neighborhood, but for the Twin Cities — is the spacious, leafy patio

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The Point, a huge indoor/outdoor waterfront restaurant, opens in Southwest DC. Photography by LeadingDC.

Most restaurateurs visit their businesses by car or foot. It’s only fitting that Greg Casten, co-founder of the seafood-centric Fish & Fire Food Group, commutes to his brand-new Southwest DC waterfront venture, The Point, by Boston Whaler (and he hopes other river-faring guests will do the same). The massive indoor/outdoor, 500-seat seafood restaurant—the first to open at the burgeoning Buzzard Point development—is perched at the intersection of the Anacostia and Potomac rivers and flanks a large marina. It’s a quick hop by water or land from

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