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'Snow? Schmoe!' say South Water Kitchen customers

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Some people will do anything for a free lunch.

While the rest of you burrow into your Snuggies and fire up the DVR, about 35 brave (or is it crazy?) souls have decided to keep their lunch reservations -- for the outdoor patio at South Water Kitchen, 225 N. Wabash.

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Since 2005, the restaurant has offered this Groundhog Day deal: free lunch to anyone who eats on their outdoor patio.
There are three seatings today -- at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. Indeed, about 20 minutes ago, the first diners were seated, filling six tables, says employee Paul Bitters.

"They are sitting out there," Bitters said. "And the wind is blowing the snow."

Bitters said a few people did cancel their reservations, but 35 to 40 reservations still are expected.

The snow-crazed customers get to choose from a set menu that incudes chicken pot pie and grilled cheese with tomato bisque. "All lunches come with piping hot coffee or tea," a press release says.

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