(WBIR) Friday was a busy night for restaurants all around East Tennessee. The combination of Valentine's Day on a Friday night provided a big boost for business.
The Melting Pot in Knoxville's Old City was filled with lots of laughter as many couples decided to share a romantic dinner at the popular fondue restaurant.
For Christina Kloker-Young of Oak Ridge, February 14th is extremely special because it's also her birthday. She, her husband, their daughter, Kloker-Young's sister, and future brother-in-law all shared a table filled with good food and fun. The group got lucky because the restaurant says getting a table wasn't easy.
"We've been booked for months. It's nearly impossible to get a table here," said Travis Frew, a server for The Melting Pot.
While that group was sitting at a table, not too far from The Melting Pot at Nama on South Gay Street, Steven Lee of Morristown and his girlfriend Rachel Wallace of Knoxville were waiting to be seated. They did not have a reservation.
"We try to plan, but we end up just going with whatever happens," said Wallace.
The wait at Nama was about a half hour. Other nearby restaurants like Tupelo Honey, Cocoa Moon, and Oodles Uncorked reported a wait time between a half hour and an hour. Downtown Grill & Brewery said some customers had to wait 1.5 hours for a seat. But the longest reported wait for a Valentine's Day dinner was at Stock and Barrel where customers had to wait up to two hours.