Breaking Down a Trend: Cook-It-Yourself Restaurants

Breaking Down a Trend: Cook-It-Yourself Restaurants

By Allison Levine, Foodable Contributor

Once upon a time, eating outside of the home in a restaurant on the weekends was a special occasion. After a week of preparing your own meals, there was something exciting about going out for a good dinner prepared and served by someone else. As the food scene has evolved, eating out is now a daily occurrence for many. Why cook your own meal at home where you have to prep and clean up, when you can go to a restaurant, sit back and relax while being served? If this is the benefit of dining out, why is it a common trend to cook your own food in a restaurant? 

From Korean BBQ and shabu shabu to hot pots and fondue, it is as popular as ever to go to a restaurant where the servers bring you the ingredients to cook your own food. It seems we have come full circle. Now we are paying others so that we can “cook our own meal.” 

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