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Eating Alone by Design: An Entire Restaurant With Tables for One

EenmaalPhotograph by Joep Niesink via Bloomberg

A scene from the 1984 movie The Lonely Guy perfectly dramatizes the fears many of us have about dining alone. The titular guy, played by Steve Martin, walks into an upscale restaurant and requests a table for one—“I’m alone,” he tells the maître d’—as the room grinds to a halt while a theatrical spotlight follows the sad sack to his seat. A new pop-up restaurant in Amsterdam, which bills itself as the world’s first for solo eaters, aims to remove the social stigma of forking dinner without a companion. In fact, there isn’t a two-top in the joint.