Bermuda restaurateurs’ hearts will be beating a little faster tonight — thanks to the patron saint of love.

For St Valentine’s Day is expected to provide a boost for the trade, with a total expenditure for the day on the island in excess of $1.5 million, according to a survey carried out for The Royal Gazette.

Philip Barnett, head of the Island Restaurant Group chain and also industry spokesman for the Bermuda Chamber of Commerce, said: “It’s a big thing for the industry in what is usually a slow month.

“We’re always happy to have it, particularly when it falls on a week night.”Read more…