Between snow falling and roads icing Thursday, restaurant owners were scrambling to prepare for Valentines Day, traditionally the second-most dined-out-upon holiday in America (Mothers Day is first).
Some, like Moffett Restaurant Groups trio of Barringtons, Good Food on Montford and Stagioni, planned to keep all reservations for the big day after doing some rescheduling when the snow started and were promising to call diners with updates. Delivery problems were anticipated, their press folks said, and extra supplies ordered early.
Others knew quickly they wouldnt be able to do what theyd hoped. Lumiere, the new modern French place in Myers Park scheduled to open to the public on Valentines, wont do so, said partner Matthew Pera, though sibling The Liberty planned to be open.
Its a big disappointment, as weve worked so long and hard to get open, and the community has been so supportive and patient, Pera said. Some intricate dishes on the menu require some preparation a day ahead, and that wasnt possible Thursday, while some of the restaurants specialty vendors werent delivering Thursday and werent sure they would on Friday, either.
Well just redouble our efforts and hope the weather allows us to get open on Saturday.
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A quick survey of places found most hoping to make the best of it:
• The Harpers Restaurant Group was planning for full go on Valentines, though the companys Steve Seitz said they had concerns about some product availability, since it appeared some vendors wouldnt be able to deliver Friday.
• DVine Wine Cafe in the Ballantyne area was open and serving early Valentines specials Thursday night, and advertised openings in its Saturday night Valentine lineup, though Fridays was close to full.
• Siblings 5Church and Nan and Byrons also were open Thursday and planned to be on Friday, with their press folks using Twitter to encourage people uptown (for the first) and in South End (for the second) to make the trek on foot. (To which, naturally, someone tweeted Yall could deliver. Umm: No.)
Among other spots planning to be open for the Big Date: Hotel restaurants (always a good bet to be open), from BLT Steak and The Asbury uptown to Gallery at the Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge; SouthPark spots such as Cafe Monte, Chuys, The Cowfish and Wolfgang Pucks; eeZ in Huntersville; and the ever-open Amelies in NoDa, which expected no delay in pastry-etc. orders for Valentines.
Havent reconfirmed a reservation? Be smart and call to check. Some places, such as Harpers, now plan to extend Valentines specials through Sunday.