For 75% of the year, Marathon Grill is almost completely useless, save for an order of fries and a drink after work. But during the summer, the outdoor patio opens, and its level of usefulness skyrockets. During SIPS on Wednesday, Marathon Grill is generally overrun with people who haven’t learned to mix in a glass of water every now and again. On most other days, though, the outdoor patio at Marathon is left relatively tame. So it’s the perfect spot to post up with a few coworkers, split a bottle of wine, and be home in time to read your plants a bedtime story.
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