Restaurants ordered to swap out propane for outdoor dining

The city has come to a chilling conclusion: no propane heaters will be permitted for outdoor dining this fall and winter.

To warm up the news, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration is offering $5,000 grants to reimburse some restaurants for the money they will spend on new natural gas or electric-powered heaters. Only businesses with revenue less than $1 million in 2019 will qualify for the reimbursement.

The city said that the move was a fire-safety measure not meant to stifle outdoor dining.

“We want Open Restaurants to be a permanent part of New York City’s landscape,” said Mitch Schwartz, a spokesperson for Mayor Bill de Blasio,

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