The Rise of Communal Tables: A 'New' Kind of Social Dining

Photo Credit: Dennis Wong/flickr via The Atlantic

Photo Credit: Dennis Wong/flickr via The Atlantic

The mergence of dining and technology is a funny dynamic, really: On the one hand, you have a (subjectively) sacred social component, with all that encompasses the dining experience as a way of bringing people together at the height of their senses. Then, there’s technology — an advanced way of cutting corners with human relationships because of convenience and comfortability. Yet somehow, both have come together in different ways in order to meet consumer standards in restaurants. Obviously, these technologies — mobile ordering, reservation systems, and in-store kiosks, for example — don’t exactly promote lack of interaction, but rather a more seamless experience for the consumer.

But if you have any doubt that dining has become more separated because of our societal relationships with technology, there’s something you can be thankful for. Communal tables in restaurants of all kinds — from fast food joints to more posh venues — have been on the rise. And for restaurant operators, the benefits are plentiful, including an increase in sales. Read More

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