Help Rhode Island Restaurants and Hotels Stay Afloat with Dinner and a Staycation

Area restaurants are investing in outdoor heaters, encouraging warm blanket-bringing and devising hot drink menus, all in an effort to continue the outdoor dining season into October.

It’s all about survival, because at this point, nearly one in six restaurants, about 100,000 restaurants, are closed either permanently or long-term in the United States, according to a national survey recently released by the National Restaurant Association (NRA).