World’s First Solo Dining Restaurant
Call me crazy, but I enjoy doing things alone sometimes. I’m no hermit, but going for a walk around the city, grabbing a coffee on a terrace, going to a movie midday, or going to the beach are all things that deserve to be experienced solo from time to time. It keeps you sane.
One experience that some people can’t fathom doing alone is eating. More specifically, eating alone at a restaurant. In a culture that allows us to be constantly “connected” to each other, having a quiet dinner alone doesn’t seem like it would be an attractive option. Oh, but I beg to differ.
Pop-up restaurant Eenmaal knows what I’m talking about though. The two-day pop-up restaurant was the first of its kind to not only encourage solo dining, but forced it upon you. The name of the restaurant translates to “once” and was setup in Amsterdam and featured tables that only could have fit one person even if you had a mind to put two at it. The patrons of the short-lived restaurant didn’t have to be alone with their thoughts completely, since I’m sure quite a few of them jumped on their cell phones or brought something else to entertain them. However, this was a great social experiment to see how we, as a people, function when we are forced to be alone. As you can see in the photograph of the setup of Eenmaal, the patrons weren’t even really able to face one another without some extra effort.
While the two-day restaurant seemed to be a success, there is something to be said for incorporating at least one of these in every major city in the world. I love eating with a group of close friends as much as anyone (though the splitting of the check at the end is generally a nightmare), but sometimes it’s nice to just escape to your own thoughts. Eenmaal and other places like it would be a great place to do this.