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How Chefs Are Adapting Their Menus for Chilly Outdoor Dining

As temperatures drops, brace yourself for braises.

Look for more braises, such as pork shoulder with squash from Coperta in Denver.

Look for more braises, such as pork shoulder with squash from Coperta in Denver.

Photographer: Paul C. Reilly

Restaurants faced enough pandemic-related challenges in warm weather. Now they have to combat cold pasta.

A report from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. indicated that 45F (7.2C) is the temperature below which demand for outdoor dining will collapse. (In a separate report, the company projected that outdoor dining demand would fall to 5% in December before rebounding in 2021, clever design adaptations notwithstanding.)