I remember as a child having a babysitter watch me when my parents went out on Saturday nights; they called it “date night.” It was the time that they took for each other outside of raising us, household chores, and the everyday hustle and bustle. The traditional Saturday, I believe, was chosen so all the chores could be done during the day, and the evening could be enjoyed.
Working in the restaurant industry, of course, does not allow me the usual Saturday night date. But I do take advantage of a night during the week, which can have its benefits. It’s a nice break in the middle of the week and certainly a treat for me to spend time with my partner. Sometimes the restaurants are not as busy as well, so that can be a bonus for a more quiet evening shared.
I often think about what type of atmosphere I am in the mood for, and it started me thinking about the restaurants in our group and what they offer customers for date night. As you begin your research to treat your partner and turn to the World Wide Web, what do you search for? Best romantic dinner spot in NEPA? What makes that restaurant fit the bill? It’s truly a job in itself to pick that perfect spot!
During my weekly travels to the restaurants in our group, an obvious spot for me for ultimate romance would be a reservation made in one of the historical private booths at Grico’s with lace curtains and a private server handling your every request. Wow, that’s so cool! I have personally yet to experience it on a romantic level but did one time conduct a business meeting in one of them.
I then popped over to Kevin’s with the new renovations and looked around and said, “Well that’s a really neat spot, up in the loft with those beautiful chandeliers overlooking the restaurant. It’s a perfect spot for a table for two!” I do think it’s important to try and find something comfortable to you and somewhat different than your usual go-to place and provides more than just the romantic experience.
Of course, food is always important as well. Private rooms, intimate and unusual spaces are things a customer might seek out. Some of our tables at The Beaumont that is very highly sought after would be Creekside dining among the fire pits, which I think is super relaxing.
Sometimes we get stuck repeating the same things because we know we can rely on it. I say think outside the box make your date night truly special. I once had a colleague that said their date night was working their way through the alphabet. Each week, they would choose a different restaurant based on the next letter. I thought that was such a great idea!
Your night can reflect your style, or you can plunge into something new. Some dates nights are most pleasurable, just sitting at a chic bar and listening to good music as you indulge in appetizers and crafted cocktails. Whatever appeals to you and your date here are some basic date night rules you can follow:
- Non-negotiable. We chose Wednesday nights. If one of us gets invited to something else on a Wednesday or something comes up, date night trumps.
- Issues are off-limits. Date night is not the time for “discussion” or therapy. It is not a venue to air your grievances. It is a time to enjoy each other’s company and get to know each other more intimately: no hot button topics, no finishing fights.
- Take turns planning. By taking turns to plan the date, the pressure is not on one person. This also leads to more fun as sometimes we try to outdo each other or surprise each other.
- Have fun. Life is stressful, and the day-to-day can be monotonous. Make these date nights something to look forward to. They don’t have to be elaborate. Keep things light.
As a manager in the restaurant business, date night is a concept that has existed for many decades, and we invite you to enjoy it here at The Beaumont!