Restaurant Insists Customers Eat Alone

Some people feel awkward about eating alone in restaurants but a new eatery in Amsterdam has only small tables with single chairs. It requires customers come solo. The restaurant is part culinary endeavor, part social experiment. As its creator says, she wanted to give people "food for thought."

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And today's last word in business is table for one, please. Some people feel awkward about eating out alone, but a new restaurant in Amsterdam insists upon it. The stylish eatery has only small tables with single chairs and requires that customers come solo.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The restaurant is part-culinary endeavor, part-social experiment, as its creator says, she wanted to give people food for thought.

GREENE: Renee, I'd ask you to join me there for dinner, but, sadly, we'd have to sit at separate tables.

MONTAGNE: Well, I guess we can wave at each other. In fact, I'm waving to you right now.

GREENE: Yeah. We'd be closer than usual. With you in California, me here in Washington, I'm used to waving to you over this video feed here. I like your red, white and blue today. It looks very nice, very patriotic.

MONTAGNE: Independence Day. Sorry I can't offer you a slice of my red, white and blue strawberry shortcake cake, which is very nice.

GREENE: Free some for me.

MONTAGNE: A (unintelligible) for our NPR West group. That is the business news on this Independence Day from MORNING EDITION. I'm Renee Montagne.

GREENE: And I'm David Greene.

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