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One Toronto neighbourhood is so eager to attract customers to its local restaurants that it's offering patio diners free blankets to keep warm. This Saturday, the Broadview Danforth BIA is launching the "Fall Thrill of the Chill" event, during which outdoor diners will be given complimentary thermal blankets to ward off the chill as they dine.
Now well into our second wave of COVID-19 and a modified version of Stage 2 of Ontario's reopening plan, indoor dining in restaurants has once again been banned. Despite cooler temps and less-than-ideal patio weather, restaurant customers have no choice but to eat outside or get takeout if they want to support their local faves.
While many Toronto restaurants are offering blankets for a fee, the Broadview Danforth BIA will be gifting blankets to support local eateries. Customers who receive a blanket will also get a $5 gift certificate to use at a local business. "Not only do patrons get a thermal blanket to keep them toasty, but they also walk away with a $5 gift card to spend anywhere in the area," said BIA Chair Albert Stortchak in a press release. "It's our hope that this will drive customers to our restaurants despite the chilly weather."
The heated patio at Allen's.
The "Fall Thrill of the Chill" will launch on October 24 at the Dora Keogh Pub at 2:30 p.m. and continue until the blankets run out.