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Operators in cold-weather cities say demand is high for portable heaters, as they seek to continue outdoor dining for as long as weather and technology will permit.

Included were 225 Darden employees who opted for early retirement and former COO Dave George, whose departure was described as an “involuntary separation.”

Operators who make the commitment are assuring returning customers that the operation is ready for safe on-premise business. 

The convenience store giant is stepping onto restaurant turf, offering a free whole pizza, for delivery or pickup, via its app on Oct. 4.