LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — After spending last Mother’s Day on lockdown, many went out to celebrate this weekend. Lynchburg restaurants saw the benefits of having a full house on this holiday once again.
Lots of folks did it big for Mother’s Day this year. The moms WFXR News spoke with said their day was filled with activities, including dining out.
One restaurant owner says he’s almost sure this is the most traffic they’ve seen in nearly a year.
Dr. Kisha Collier was seen taking a Sunday stroll with her husband and son.
“Every Mother’s Day is so great because I get to spend it with the people I love,” she said. “It was hard not seeing other people outside of the immediate family but it was still nice.”
“It’s good to get out, we’re fully vaccinated, were ready to get back out in the world, get back to work and all that stuff so it’s really exciting to get back,” her husband, William Collier III, said.
They weren’t the only ones who felt relieved to step out and eat out for Mother’s Day. Restaurant owners felt the same way.
“We feel so fortunate to be embraced by the community and see everyone come out today to celebrate the mother figures in their life,” said Dave Henderson, the owner of The Water Dog. “It’s been really great. Our patio was full, there were lots of smiles on people’s faces and with the day being so nice it was kind of hard to not have a good time.”
Austin Hibberd is the Bar Manager for Dish in Lynchburg. He says a good crowd came out for brunch too.
“We saw a lot of people that maybe we wouldn’t have seen otherwise and just had a good turnout.”
Even students who weren’t able to see their moms on Sunday came out to enjoy the weather and grab a bite to eat.
Valeria Ortiz just graduated with her master’s degree from Liberty University and is away from her mom this holiday, but says she couldn’t have done it without her.
“I miss my mom so much and I’m sad I didn’t get to see her but I know she’s staying safe at home and I’m going to get to see her soon,” Ortiz said.
Managers say they’ve also had lots of new customers. They’re hoping to see things pick up as the weather gets warmer.