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St. Petersburg, Florida -- National Retail Federation says over 50% of couples will be celebrating this Valentine's Day with something special and restaurants in St. Petersburg are looking forward to some of that action this weekend.

The National Retail Federation says over 1/3 of people celebrating will do so with a night out. In St. Pete, Birchwood owner Chuck Prather says "Love is in the Air". That also happens to be the headline for his hotel and restaurant's Valentine's event. The ballroom will be converted into a whimsical Valentine's Day dining experience because they ran out of seating in the restaurant. Most places downtown only have limited reservations left.

In the kitchen, Executive Chef Jason Cline talked about food. He created a 6 course menu with 100% aphrodisiacs and lots of chocolate.

Chef and owner say that if you missed out on getting a reservation, most places here in St. Petersburg will take last minute, walk-ins for outdoor seating. 

You can try your luck there.

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