Romance boosts restaurant bookings
Restaurants are seeing a bookings upswing for Valentine’s Day with Tucker’s Point restaurant nearly fully booked for the night of romance.
Some restaurants are offering special menus and offering complimentary red roses for women.
“Barracuda Grill is quite booked up with a few tables left, and Victoria Grill has some tables left as well, plus all ladies will enjoy a complimentary red rose when dining at Victoria Grill (tonight),” said Philip Barnett, co-chair of the Chamber Restaurant Division and CEO of the Island Restaurant Group.
“At our casual places, we don’t see much Valentine’s Day demand, however both Hog Penny and Pickled Onion are perfect venues for those wanting a lovely dinner at a value price, as well as families who may want to share a meal in the spirit of family love.”
Teresa Chatfield, co-chair of the Chamber Restaurant Division and director of MEF Ltd, said there’s no question the economy was still having an effect on dining out, even on Valentine’s, however, the occasion was helping fill restaurants during the slower midweek period.
“Valentine’s is obviously always more of a hit when it falls at the weekend, and even Cupid’s bow is feeling a little tarnished in the current economic environment,” Ms Chatfield said.
“That said there are still romantics out there looking for the perfect place: Tucker’s Point has a special menu and a red rose for every lady and is 80 percent booked; Fourways has tables for two and also a special Valentine’s menu; and even places without a specific menu like the Harbourfront have a higher proportion than normal of couples dining rather than larger tables.
“So there hasn’t been a mad rush, but bookings are definitely higher than a normal Tuesday night and for those who haven’t made up their minds, there is still the opportunity for a last minute candlelit dinner!”