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Local restaurants prepare for Valentine's Day ahead of winter storm

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Posted at 9:29 PM, Feb 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-14 08:49:30-05

TULSA, Okla. — Many restaurants looking forward to Valentine's Day after being hit hard by the pandemic are now having to brace for a winter storm.

Kim Hester told 2 Works for You, “the original plan was on Valentine’s Day, you know it’s challenging, you know, and a lot of places aren’t open now due to the pandemic so it’s kind of hard so I had to google to see if this place was open.”

Aaron Aloiso, restaurant manager for Mondo's, said Valentine's Day is a big day for his business, especially after having to significantly cut back on indoor dining due to the pandemic.

Mike Bausch, owner of Andolini's Pizzeria and Prossimo Ristorante, is another local business owner looking forward to the business boom for Valentine's Day.

“When it comes to Valentine's Day, it’s one of the big four days of our year with mother's day, father's day, and the day before Thanksgiving,” Bausch said.

Bausch said their profits usually double on Valentine's day, but this year could be different.

Due to limited indoor dining forcing many restaurants to switch to curbside pickup and to-go orders, they are now depending on big days like Valentine's for survival.

“[The pandemic] has hurt us a lot, but our to go and our carry out has been tremendous,” Aloiso said.

Mondo's Restaurant, Andolini's Pizzeria, and Prossimo's Ristorante plan to open as usual Sunday, but if weather conditions deteriorate they will adjust accordingly.

“All you can do is put one foot in front of the other and try and do the best thing possible, which is keep safety in mind and still have a safe product for people who don’t want to cook that night, especially on Valentine's Day,” Bausch said.

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