In the list of Valentine’s Day traditions, going to a romantic dinner at a destination-worthy restaurant is right behind roses and a box of chocolates. Research over the past decade shows that people are increasingly spending more money on Valentine’s Day. One data set shows that restaurant reservations can spike by more than 400 percent on the holiday, making it the second busiest day for restaurants after Mother’s Day.
Not this year. 2021 has the potential to be the year that Valentine’s Day dates at destination restaurants finally fade into memory like TV dinners and three martini lunches. And that’s OK.
Valentine’s Day will be different this year for the same reason that everything else in the world is different: We’re living in a global pandemic. Maskless, indoor dining comes with the inherent risk of spreading or catching COVID-19, and in most places it’s strongly discouraged. So take advantage of stay at home orders and dine in with your loved one this Valentine’s Day.
While on a work assignment, I recently ate indoors at an intimate restaurant for the first time since last March. Every light cough from across the room was as jarring as a breaking news alert, as