Outside dining at John's Roast Pork

The outdoor dining section at John's Roast Pork.

Last week, John Bucci of John's Roast Pork in South Philadelphia unveiled a new oven that finally allows his 80-year-old shop to roast its own beef.

The Buccis do take their time with innovation. This week brings a new feature - outdoor seating, something that just about every sandwich shop worth its sodium does.

The enclosure with picnic tables doesn't look like much, but the plastic keeps out the elements for about 40 patrons.

(OK, we're in the middle of a snowstorm now and the shop is closed Thursday.)