On The Front Burner: Loyal customers fund restaurant rescues

On The Front Burner: Loyal customers fund restaurant rescues

Tired of the day-to-day grind of running a restaurant and barely breaking even, chef-owner Sharon Deitz of Bees Knees in Morrisville, Vt., was about to call it quits on her five-year-old restaurant when loyal fans of her comfort food decided to take matters into their own hands.

Through the issuance of coupons good for future meals, otherwise known as Community Sponsored Restaurant Certificates, or CSRs, entitling holders to $90 worth of meals every quarter for three years, fans of Be

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