St. Louis is America’s 2nd Most Romantic City

This designation comes from OpenTable.com, the online restaurant reservation site.

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Their criteria: the percentage of restaurants rated “romantic” according to OpenTable diner reviews, the percentage of tables seated for two and the percentage of people who dined out for Valentine’s Day last year.

Here’s their list:

1. San Antonio, Texas
2. St. Louis, Missouri
3. Providence, Rhode Island
4. Atlantic City, New Jersey
5. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
6. Salt Lake City, Utah
7. Columbus, Ohio
8. Houston, Texas
9. Brooklyn, New York
10. Louisville, Kentucky
11. Austin, Texas
12. Ann Arbor, Michigan
13. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
14. Nashville, Tennessee
15. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
16. Boston, Massachusetts
17. Raleigh, North Carolina
18. Santa Monica, California
19. Portland, Oregon
20. Baltimore, Maryland
21. Kansas City, Missouri
22. Indianapolis, Indiana
23. Miami, Florida
24. Los Angeles, California
25. Phoenix, Arizona

St. Louis ranks high on a few negative lists (which will not be enumerated here), so it’s kind of nice to see our city ranked high on a good list! Thanks, OpenTable.com!

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Buy This Restaurant—New Food Network Show

How hard is it to find the right spot for a new restaurant? Ask anybody in the restaurant biz in St. Louis and they’ll probably tell you they looked at numerous sites before making a decision.

A new show on the Food Network shows food and beverage newbies trying to find the right place to launch their enterprises. Buy This Restaurant has a sneak peak tonight, February 3, 9:00 p.m. St. Louis time, on Food Network. The episode will be rerun tonight at midnight.

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Keith Simpson, pictured at right, is a Sacramento based restaurant broker who helps show participants find the right place to set up shop. Like many HGTV shows you may have seen, Buy This Restaurant shows its participants three properties. Each has its respective upsides and downsides.

The women in the photo are Lisa and Kelly who look for a location in Minneapolis to start a bakery in tonight’s sneak peak episode. In the second show, which can be seen Wednesday at 8:00 p.m., Keith helps Joanie and her husband Cary find a bricks-and-mortar spot to open a juice business in Austin.

Click HERE to go to the Buy This Restaurant web page.

Following tonight’s sneak peak, Buy This Restaurant has its official Food Network premiere on Wednesday night, February 5, at 8:00 p.m. CST.