Restaurants have been relying on warm weather to seat their customers outside as indoor dining continues to be restricted.

As fall approaches, restaurant owners are hoping indoor capacity limits ease up before outdoor seating as less desirable by patrons.

As those hot, 90 degree days in Pennsylvania are coming to a close, restaurant owners are worried about their outdoor dining that has been keeping their business afloat as it may not be an option in only a couple months.

"Once the porch is filled, I will allow one or two tables inside with the windows open. And that's all i can do. If you go inside my restaurant, you'll see all my tables piled up." said co-owner Doren Perdie at Through The Looking Glass.

Perdie's restaurant on Broadway and Race streets is not huge. She does all the cooking while her husband helps wait tables. They have more tables outside than they do inside. Perdie said her customers like to sit outside through the month of October, but the current 25 percent seating capacity will ruin her business come late fall and winter.

"For me? The worst is only being allowed three or four tables in there to work." Peride said, "And then pushing them out as fast as possible to bring another group in to make it worth it for me to run."

As the pandemic lightens up, she's hoping governor wolf allows for more indoor dining.

Perdie said, "Our governor will understand that it has to be done. He can't put all restaurants out of business. I think people would get very upset about that."

Molly Maguire's is more well off than others with an outdoor seating area equipped with heaters.

"We have a heating system, so once we turn the heat on and put the side panels down, we can get the inside seating area 60 degrees above the outside temperature." said Molly's co-owner Darren Behan.

But he said that doesn't help the customers waiting. People won't sit outside in the cold or snow until a table is ready. He might have to turn his indoor dining room into a lobby - losing even more money.

"When it does get colder, people don't have the luxury of standing outside, waiting like they do right now." Behan said, "So we very well may have to just use our inside area as a waiting area."

For Perdie and Behan, outdoor dining has kept their businesses going.

Behan said, "Basically it's our life line. Without it? I think we probably have folded by now."