Local restaurants have been booking reservations for weeks in anticipation of Valentine’s Day. Although a restaurant we spoke to had about 140 reservations this evening, many are still taking walk-ins.
“The phone has rang all day,” Brickyard manager, Kim Huetter said and that’s because couples are still making plans to take their sweetheart out for a romantic evening.
The restaurant has been preparing for the Valentine’s Day crowd for about a week.
“We do a special menu. They make sure the tables are set, we use our banquet hall for reservations so we set it restaurant style and use linens, fresh flowers, red and pink for Valentine’s Day, three to four days prior,” Huetter said.
She said the banquet hall is booked but will make room for last minute guests. One Bowling Green couple had their own plans. They decided on Valentine’s lunch to beat the evening crowd.
“I’m pregnant with twins and I’m not staying out late anymore and we thought lunch would be a good idea,” Huetter said.
If you haven’t already made dinner reservations, restaurant workers say their slower times could be more romantic. For example, Huetter said try coming in between 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
“That’s when things will start to quite down. You know all the reservations will be seated, that’s the romantic time for me, later in the evening,” Huetter explained. Otherwise, moments like these, “Last year we had two to three proposals,” could be drowned out in the crowd.
“It’s great to see all the people out, taking their Valentine’s to dinner. I like that,” Huetter said.
If you haven’t already made your reservations, some restaurants like Mariah’s say taking “first available” is the best way to get a seat on a night like tonight but others like 440 Main, have 200 reservations that are expected to show this evening.