Will and Jenna. Will made these plans weeks ago, to surprise Jenna on Valentine's Day. They are no strangers to the restaurant, but usually do their dining at the more dimly lighted bar area.
It wasn't a bad Valentine's Day, business-wise. A nice steady lunch crowd, and very busy early at dinner, with things tapering off around 7PM, ending on a rather quiet note. We weren't sure what to expect, knowing that most people would rather have a guaranteed seat for a night like this. We took a lot of calls, and we sat all comers, with barely a wait, but it sure tapered off early. Next year, reservations! What do we know? It's been 3 years since Valentine's Day fell on a "regular" day for us, and that was in 2009 when it was on a Saturday. Last year it was on a Monday - oh well - and the year before that, even though it fell on a day we are normally closed, a Sunday, we opened with reservations only because we had lost so many days to snow that year. The first year we were even open for the big dining day was 2008, when it was on a Thursday. So, next year - Thursday again. We'll plan for it.
The other V-word is looming on the Horizon. Vay-Cay-Shun. We are gearing down for a few weeks of closure, and pretty much everyone on the staff is looking forward to the break from reality. Nothing really changes until that very first day when you don't have to go into work, like summer's freedom from school used to be. (And by the last week you are ready to get back to it.) People ask if I am "ready" for vacation, and my response is simple - I am always ready for vacation! It just isn't always ready for me! We will be using the time wisely, rest assured (pun intended), but until the week ends, it is business as usual here at BT.