Taking a swing at ex-lovers at The Berliner

Attendees at The Berliner
Attendees at The Berliner's Anti-Valentine's Day Party took turns swinging at a piñata labeled with the names of their ex-boyfriends and ex-girlfriends Thursday night in Renton.
— image credit: Tracey Compton, Renton Reporter

Guests of The Berliner's "Anti-Valentine's Day Party" took a destructive yet festive approach to the holiday of love Thursday night.

A small gathering of people at Renton's gastropub celebrated love gone wrong, while other customers dined and hung out on the otherwise happy occasion. There were black balloons, "Cupid Sucks" cocktails and a wall for partygoers to write their best lines for picking people up and dumping them.

Friday morning Berliner owners Lydia and Dennis Mascarinas mulled over which of the lines were the cleverest. Here's two they particularly liked:"If you were a hamburger at McDonald's, you would be a McGorgeous," and "Did it hurt when you fell from heaven, did it hurt?"

Customers chuckled watching "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" into the wee hours of the night on a movie projector. Some took great pleasure in beating a piñata labeled with the names of exes and spraying candy around the beer hall.

"It only took four hits to completely destroy the heart-shaped piñata and spread candy all over the beer hall," said Lydia.

Staff found candy all the way in the service area the next morning, she said.But it wasn't just the singles enjoying themselves at the gastropub last night. Lydia was surprised at the number of couples and families, including children who came out to eat in the dining area.

"I was very surprised how busy it was," she said.

Next year she has even bigger plans for singles and couples who choose The Berliner for their Valentine's plans. Part of her plans involve having more candles and a romantic setting in half of the restaurant and the black balloons and anti-valentines in the other half.

"We'll be like Two Face next year, the ying and the yang," Lydia said.



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