Add restaurateurs to the listing of curmudgeons who don’t love Valentine’s Day.
Anxious lovebirds scrambling to guide a desk this week would possibly guess that fancy eateries are gaga over Feb. 14. However many proprietors say it’s truly a once-a-year headache they’d simply as quickly skip.
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Sure, V-Day can pack eating venues wall-to-wall with craving expensive wines and entrees. However it additionally clears out the extremely worthwhile regulars on the bar, who quaff extra drinks. Likewise, the tables-for-two-only evening limits the dimensions of the tab that comes with greater teams and company occasions.
“Our eating places are completely full as a result of each desk is taken,” says Nick Valenti, chief govt of Patina Restaurant Group, which owns 70 eateries, together with The Sea Grill and Rock Middle Cafe.
“However not each desk is maximized as a result of you’ve gotten tables for 4 being occupied by two folks.”
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Add to that the truth that lovebirds are likely to linger — continuously taking greater than 120 minutes to complete up and pay their tabs, versus 75 to 90 minutes on a typical weekday evening, says Burak Karacam, proprietor of two Pera Mediterranean Brasserie eateries in Manhattan.
“It can’t be mentioned that Valentine’s Day is nice for enterprise or tipped employees,” Karacam advised The Submit.
And whereas diners can shell out for prix fixe menus with luxurious substances — Tavern on the Inexperienced’s is a whopping $265 per individual this yr together with wine pairings — proprietors gripe that the margins on foie gras and caviar are continuously decrease.
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One other soiled V-Day secret: aren’t all the time quietly canoodling. As an alternative, the pressures of the vacation can result in stress — and even fights worthy of a Hollywood script, in line with restaurant personnel.
A number of years in the past, a married pair eating at ilili — a fancy Lebanese eatery on Fifth Avenue — determined to get divorced on Valentine’s Day.
“The spouse calmly stood up and threw a glass of crimson wine in her husband’s face,” says Jasmine Cox, who was a waitress on the time.
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