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Washington Duke Inn extends restaurant hours in preps for busy Feb. 14

Washington Duke Inn prepares for Valentine's Day
Washington Duke Inn prepares for Valentine's Day
Leigh Powell Hines

Valentine's Day, is one of the busiest days of the year for luxury hotels. The Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club, located in Durham, N.C., is extending its restaurant hours this year to accommodate more dining sweethearts on Friday, Feb. 14.

"Valentine's Day tends to be a "last-minute" type of holiday. People are typically flexing their plans (or lack thereof) right up until the day. This may be due to procrastination, availability of baby sitters or any number of other reasons but we usually see a flurry 36 hours before the 14th," stated Executive Chef Jason Cunningham of the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club. "This year Valentine's is on a Friday-most couples' night out anyhow-so we are filling up earlier than usual so we offered later dining. It is, without a doubt, the biggest date night of the year."

Executive Chef Jason Cunningham has prepared a special four-course prix-fixe Valentine’s Day menu for Fairview Dining Room guests while they enjoy an evening with live jazz piano performances by Paul Holmes and Chris Keller from 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Menu highlights include appetizers like pan seared smoked Hudson Valley foie gras, lobster bisque, and corn crusted crab cakes. Entrées include yellowfin tuna & diver scallop, fire foasted veal loin, and angus filet mignon “Carpet Bagger” accompanied with cornmeal fried North Carolina oysters, asparagus, horseradish whipped potatoes, lobster béarnaise and truffle fleruon.

Diners will end the evening with sweet dessert choices such as toasted truffle brownies, tiramisu, banana mousse, chocolate molten cake and the tropical panna cotta.

The Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club's Valentine’s Day dinner in the Fairview Dining Room is $70 per person. Reservations start at 5:30 p.m. and the last seating will be at 10:30 p.m. Reservations can be made through or by calling the Fairview Dining Room at 919.493.6699.

If you are looking for a more casual meal, Bull Durham Bar in the luxury hotel is open from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. serving its winter seasonal menu. Overnight hotel packages are also available.

The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club is located on the campus of Duke University, only twenty minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport and ten minutes from Research Triangle Park.

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