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Local Restaurants Hurt From Storm but see Surge on Valentine’s Day

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WEST SPRINGFIELD/EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WGGB) – The winter storm took a bite out of the local restaurant scene, but that didn’t stop couples from dining out on the most romantic day of the year.

Over at Lattitude on Memorial Ave in West Springfield the kitchen was crazy for Valentine’s Day. But they lost out on a lot of business Thursday night because of the storm.

“The toughest part is we lost yesterday. We had about 110 in the book yesterday, so we lost that all yesterday,” said owner Jeffrey Daigneau.

He said they’re expecting a big crowd on Saturday, about 250 reservations already, and most of the reservations that were cancelled on Thursday due to the weather have rescheduled for next week.

And in East Longmeadow, Paty’s Restaurant was packed with people for the special occasion. The Italian cuisine was cooked up by owner Patsy Liquori and his staff provided just the right amount of romantic flair.

“A lot of couples. Valentine’s Day is all couples. It’s not like Mother’s Day where you get families,” said Liquori.

Patsy’s said Valentine’s Day is traditionally one of their busiest days of the year, but when it falls on a weekend, it really gets packed.

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