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Valentine's Day Brings Business To Restaurants

February 14, 2010, 5:50 PM by Nick Carbone

Valentine's Day Brings Business To Restaurants
SIOUX FALLS, SD - Breakfast in bed may be the classic way to start off Valentine's Day, but Sioux Falls restaurant employees are hard at work on one of the busiest weekends of the year.

Whether you're spending Valentine's Day with that special someone - or making it a family affair, many across the country chose to let someone else do the cooking.

"We usually make our meals together and come up with something, but we just wanted to come out here and do no cooking and eat some good food," Jay Polkinghorn, who was out with his wife, said.

And restaurants were happy to pick up the slack. There was no downtime in the kitchen at Granite City, as workers prepared plate after plate to feed the hungry masses.

Manager Chris Lama says this weekend – Valentine's Day, coupled with the President's Day holiday – brings more people through the doors.

"It's like we're having 3 Saturdays in a row which is great for us," Lama said.

Lama says their waiting area filled up when the doors opened at 10 a.m. And people haven't stopped flooding in since.

"This is typically one of the busiest weekends of the year for us," he said.

And the overflowing reservation list proved it. Diners faced a 45-minute wait for a table today. But for some, that beats a hassle in the kitchen.

"I thought this would be a good alternative. I don't have to cook, she doesn't have to cook, nobody does the dishes, and the food was great," diner John Friese said.

But what about the old standard of making breakfast in bed?

"We've been married almost 50 years so we're taking it easy now," one diner said.

Whether diners eat in or out, they say, on Valentine's Day, it's the thought that counts.

Lama says Granite City schedules extra workers for the holiday weekend. He says the weekend's snowy weather didn't put a damper on the Valentine's Day crowds.

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