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Valentine’s Day snow forces couples to stay in, restaurants deal with cancellations

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Indianapolis, IN (Feb. 14, 2014) — The snow ruined a lot of date night plans on Valentine’s Day. Many drivers realized getting to their dinner reservation just wasn’t worth the risk on Friday.

Most downtown restaurants were busy taking calls from couples cancelling their reservations. Others wanted to reschedule for another night.

Jeff Smith, Harry & Izzy’s Operating Partner, says staff have been trying their best to accommodate everyone. The restaurant has extended its Valentine’s Day specials through the weekend.

“That’s our goal. We’re going to try to do everything we can. If we can’t, we’ll be honest with you, but we don’t like saying no,” he said. “It’s all about timing. As soon as one [table] opens up, amazingly, it gets taken.”

Cerulean Restaurant in the Alexander Hotel tells Fox59 about 20-percent of its Valentine’s Day reservations were cancelled as of Friday afternoon. Employees were reaching out to people who were turned away weeks ago to fill the seats. Walk-ins were welcome as well.

It’s already been a frustrating winter after the restaurant and others experienced a disappointing turnout during Devour Downtown.

“We’re really full [Saturday] night as well so we’re hoping the roads will be cleared out,” said John Grubb, Cerulean’s floor and service director. “This winter has been pretty hard on downtown restaurants. It’s been tough.”

But even in the cold, it wasn’t hard to find Hoosiers still warm at heart. Erin Conley and her boyfriend, Aaron, refuse to let a little bad weather ruin their big night.

“Valentine’s Day is just once a year,” said Conley. “He has a truck, so weather doesn’t really matter.”