Patio is also a general term used for outdoor seating at restaurants, especially in Canadian English. While common in Europe before 1900, eating outdoors at restaurants in North America was exotic until the 1940s. The Hotel St. Moritz in New York in the 1950s advertised itself as having the first true continental cafe with outdoor seating. The Toronto Star welcomed that city's first patio in the 1960s. In the United States, blessed with a warmer and sunnier climate than Europe, outdoor dining grew rapidly in the 1960s and today is a popular dining experience in the warmer parts of the mainland. 
The next 'obligatory' thing to have a proper-to-use patio is that by adding some furniture, decor, and accessories. The dining set, rugs, or outdoor umbrella are some stuff that will make the patio is enjoyable for some relaxing times.
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