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Old 08-20-2008, 08:56 PM   #1
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Single Table Restaurants

Several places are popping up, doing quite the booming business, too. The premise is one table, one meal per evening. Usually the table sits anywhere from 8 to 20, although some restaurants may split that number between two or three tables. All reservations are for the same time. Meals are not served family style, quite the opposite, actually. Much emphasis is placed on presentation, sustainability, wine pairing (for those with liquor lics). Usually, you are served what the chef decides to prepare, no menus.

What are your thoughts? Would you frequent an establishment like this? Why or why not?

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Old 08-20-2008, 09:21 PM   #2
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might be interesting. can't help but think it would be pricy.
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Old 08-20-2008, 09:22 PM   #3
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I wouldn't be interested.

Unless I could round up 6-18 friends to go with me, I'd be eating with strangers. SO and I prefer to dine with people we know we are going to have a good time with.

I like the concept and would consider visiting a restaurant that offered one sitting a night where you ate what the chef prepared IF I could get a table for two.
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Old 08-20-2008, 09:34 PM   #4
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sounds like disaster waiting to happen.

Trotters=more then one table
Little Washington=more then one
Laundry=more then one
TRU=more then one
Bucheon=more then one
moto=more then one
Boulli=more then one

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McDons, burger king, wendys, jack in the box, more then one table.

I can not see a single seat restaurant making overhead to support it for more then just a novelty. There has yet to be a chef that can make a name on one seating a night.

For me, just the latest in a soon to be gone trend, or one hit wonder....unless they are doing 40 covers at $400 a head, times 6 nights a week...then laugh all the way to the bank.
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Old 08-20-2008, 10:53 PM   #5
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I kinda like the idea myself. We went on a cruise many years back and I was shocked when we were seated with complete strangers for the main meal. But it turned out that we met some of the most intersting people that way. I would feel more comfortable being with at least one person I know, but I would be game for something like that. But I am a little more adverturesome in that way. I have seen something like that on RR's Tasty Travels. Sounds like a neat way to try new food that you may not normally order.
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Old 08-20-2008, 10:55 PM   #6
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not for me thanks.... but I'm pretty shy....
I don't think I would enjoy eating with complete strangers very much.
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Old 08-20-2008, 10:57 PM   #7
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I'd try it once as long as hubby was with me. That man can talk to anyone.
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Old 08-20-2008, 11:09 PM   #8
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i prefer to select my food. if they were serving seafood & i wanted vegetarian, i'd be disappointed with my meal.
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Old 08-20-2008, 11:17 PM   #9
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as long as I am not served something I'm allergic to, I'm up for anything!

I love meeting new people over dinner.

I used to say I would love to have a restaurant that was only open on the days I declared, only had about 4 to 6 4-tops (which could be configured anyway depending upon the clients of that day), only one seating, and only serving what I felt like cooking that day.

Done right, I think it could be a REAL money-maker.
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as long as I am not served something I'm allergic to, I'm up for anything!

I love meeting new people over dinner.

I used to say I would love to have a restaurant that was only open on the days I declared, only had about 4 to 6 4-tops (which could be configured anyway depending upon the clients of that day), only one seating, and only serving what I felt like cooking that day.

Done right, I think it could be a REAL money-maker.
You have just described the restaurant I would also like to have. Those are my exact requirements I have said out loud to my husband.

I would go to a place like this - - - I'm not so sure I would like sharing my intimate space with people I didn't know. I don't mind at the Japanese steakhouses but that's different - it's part of the fun. I just can't quite figure out if I would like the one table or not...it would have to be part of the "fun" - and I can't totally wrap my head around it yet.
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