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Did you catch the following provocative article? March 31, 2014 — The Atlantic

Alone Together: The Return of Communal Restaurant Tables:

As more establishments seat people in close proximity, friendships are not forged.

Tried twice — no success — to weigh in on their website with a comment. To read mine, click: communal

Here's an excerpt from "Dining with Strangers? Not That Terrifying," published on March 15, 2011 by Columbia News Service:
"Restaurants with communal seating are popping up all over the United States. For many restaurateurs, the family-style table is designed to create a casual, fun atmosphere for people to interact with one other if they choose. But for first-timers, eating with strangers can be more intimidating than relaxing.
'Over the years people become more comfortable with it,' says Ann Lauer of Rick and Ann’s restaurant in Berkeley, Calif. 'It’s an option; we won’t force it.

To read the article in its entirety, visit: Dining with Strangers

Here's an excerpt from "Sole Purpose," an article on marketing to solo diners published in the June 2010 issue of Cheers Magazine:
“We have some [women] guests that will stay in hotel and dine every night alone,” Wagner [L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon restaurant at The Four Seasons Hotel New York] says. “There’s something about the interaction that makes it less intimidating …Make it known that the staff will call a cab for or walk solo females to their cars,” [Marya Charles] Alexander says."
To read the article in its entirety, visit: Cheers Magazine

You've heard and read about communal tables in other restaurants —

and you've probably had the following questions about them . . .

Is a communal table right for my restaurant?

How do you create a successful communal table?

Will a communal table increase business?

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Subj: communal tables in the USA
Date: 12/13/07 3:10:17 11:13:03 EST

We need more information on communal tables...I live on Long Island, NY and am trying to convince many of our chefs/ owners to make a communal table available for solo would benefit them tremendously with increased business and would especially help them on "slow nights" Mon, Tues Wed nights, lunches and brunch time when we singles are always eating out and would like to sit with other solo diners rather than at a bar in front of the football on TV!!!!!!!
I am unable to find the list of restaurants that have communal tables....did you remove it from your site.?..if so I feel it is a very needed feature on the internet and hope you keep it active...
Chris Schmidt

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