Pop-up restaurant created for solo diners going international

A restaurant concept that aims to break the taboo of eating out alone is expanding internationally....

A restaurant concept that aims to break the taboo of eating out alone is expanding internationally. (Alan Bailey /shutterstock.com)

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A solo dining concept from Amsterdam that aims to break the taboo of eating out alone will be expanding to London, Paris, Berlin and the US this year.

After garnering international press for launching what was billed as the first one-person restaurant last year, Eenmaal(which means 'one time' in English)has opened for another season this month in the Dutch capital.

And given its success, creator Marina van Goor told Businessweek.com she plans to bring the concept -- and philosophy -- to European cities and the US.

Created to address the long-standing stigma of dining out solo, Eenmaal invites diners to book a table for one: no apologies, no sheepish grins of embarrassment.

While not uncommon to eat alone at a fast food or casual eatery, Eenmaal proposes a four-course dinner.

And while smartphones and tablets have been replacing human companions for many, the restaurant doesn't offer wifi. Books and magazines, however, are encouraged.

Travel often and hate dining solo? Website Invite for a Bite was developed specifically for female travelers looking for a dinner companion.


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