Columbus restaurants brace for Valentine's Day rush

Columbus restaurants brace for Valentine's Day rush

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Valentine's day is only a day away flooding restaurants with couples hoping to set up the perfect evening.

"I've been taking reservations for the last two weeks for Valentine's Day," shares Christina Davo, hostess at The Loft.

The list is full for the downstairs area of The Loft, and in typical fashion, so have many other restaurants throughout the city. The majority of the seating requests tables for two. To accommodate the influx of customers, this restaurant has beefed up their staff.

"Yea, I looked on our schedule for tomorrow and it looks like we have everyone working, pretty much," Davo said. "No one really has that day off."

Specials have also been added to menus at several restaurants. The Loft will have a special on the Surf and Turf, the Black Cow will add grilled pork chops and seared grouper to its special list along with drinks.

But the mood would not be complete without music - and The Loft has that in their line up free for patrons.

"We do have the jazz from 7 to 9 and after 9 o'clock we start taking a cover and it's 21 and up," Davo says.

Local restaurants aren't the only ones slammed with V-day diners. A corporate representative with Olive Garden tells me they're expecting the same turnout, but could not reveal numbers or specifics.

If you're looking for edible goodies -- restaurants the Black Cow are offering free chocolate covered strawberries for couples.

Regardless of where you go, each eatery offers this invite.

"Just know that we're very excited and we expect to have a really good turn out," Davo assures,

We have put phone calls in to several restaurants around Columbus who say that most of their reservation lists are completely full; however, there are some restaurants in the area that are accepting walk-ins still.

We would urge you, if you haven't already made your Valentine's Day dinner reservations, to call ahead to see if the restaurant you'd like to go to is in fact accepting walk-ins and does have space.

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