Restaurants packed for culinary day of love

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Amy’s on Second chefs Kayla Kapacila and Angelito Valolez share a laugh at work this week. Amy’s on Second will join restaurants across the city in being packed full on Feb. 14 -- Valentine’s Day. 

Lovers’ dependence on the culinary arts is no stronger than on Valentine’s Day, during which local business owners anticipate that their restaurants will be packed.

 

“It depends on where it falls on, but this year it falls on … Friday so we’ll be crazy,” Spicy Peppercorn owner Steve Chu said.

Why go out for dinner when all of the restaurants in town are packed full, he asked, cautioning people that some fine eating establishments might resort to turning couples away. 

“For myself I’d rather have it a day earlier or a day later,” he said. “It makes a lot of sense because it’s going to be busy everywhere. That’s my point, anyway.”

Amy’s on Second is one of a few restaurants in town that will be taking bookings for the day -- an important step in ensuring there aren’t long wait times, owner Amy Hadley said.

“It’s a very, very busy day,” she said, noting that of the three scheduled seatings, at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 9 p.m., the earlier two are already booked solid.

Expecting to see the 9 p.m. booking fill up soon, she said that diners might have to recognize the holiday of love another night.

It depends on where it falls on, but this year it falls on … Friday so we’ll be crazy Steve Chu

“With me or for any other restaurant -- they can do it the next day,” she concluded.

Those who do manage to snag a seat at Amy’s on Second will find that staff have put in extra effort, Hadley said.

“We decorate the restaurant and have the menu for both Thursday and Saturday as well,” she said.

“It’s a pretty warm and intimate atmosphere. There’s a lot of candlelight. We have the linens, but we have a lace-type tablecloth on top of the tables. Our butter dishes are all shaped like hearts -- we go all out.”

Although she said Zorba’s Family Dining will be busy, employee Ioanna Mavrommati anticipates wait times of fewer than 10 minutes, if there are wait times.

“It is really busy but we’re fast,” she explained.

Regardless of one’s restaurant of choice for Valentine’s Day or its bordering dates, Hadley encourages people to call ahead. 

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