Snow is bad for business on Valentine's Day

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Some restaurants aren't too happy the storm decided to hit on Valentine's Day.

It's the busiest night of the year for some restaurants, including Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. Shawn Gardner says they're taking a hit.

"I think a lot of people were trying to hold out hoping that maybe the snow wouldn't come but as you can see it has," said Shawn Gardner, general manager at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse.

Gardner says a lot of people from the suburbs like to venture downtown on a night like this, but it's too risky for many because of the weather.

"People are that much more hesitant to come downtown to deal with the roads, the highways, the parking," said Gardner.

Montgomery Inn also received cancellations tonight, but lucky for them, some opportunistic guests took advantage.

"We've had a few cancellations and we've had a lot of people call to replace those reservations so we're only down 60 reservations for the day," said Dean Gregory, Montgomery Inn owner.

But this snow isn't keeping everyone from enjoying a romantic evening out.

"We got four wheel drive, we go where we want," said Donna Tidwell.

This evening, Donna and Neil Tidwell enjoyed a nice barbeque dinner, and for them this place is special.

"He proposed to me here 15 years ago," said Tidwell.

"People are just getting a little touch of cabin fever and I think nothing was going to hold them back tonight so we're glad they're here," said Dean Gregory.

Many restaurants say business has been down the whole winter with all the snow we've had this season.

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