We recently reported on the rise of communal tables in restaurants and how they are becoming more widespread, giving solo diners an opportunity to have a more social experience. But we all have different preferences when it comes to eating habits. A pop-up restaurant in Amsterdam is embracing the ever-feared social stigma of dining alone by only offering tables for one. This brings up some interesting insights into how our culture is evolving in terms of consumer behavior while dining out.
For starters, as foodie culture becomes more widespread throughout the U.S., things like dark dining are embraced because taking away sight enhances the tasting experience — not to mention it’s new, different, exciting. Perhaps dining alone has the same effect — that is, if guests can manage to put their smartphones away for the meal. And that lends another question: Has dining itself become less of a social experience due to our obsession with technology anyway? Will this social stigma of dining alone become more comfortable than communal tables as our relationships become more defined by automated technology, wedging a gap in between yesterday’s realities of human interaction? Read More