When you own a business you want to attract as much business as possible. But sometimes it’s not you that is keeping people away.
Restaurants that recognize this and find a way around the problem will not only be successful but will have very loyal customers. On a recent Saturday afternoon I went to Parc on Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. I was dining at one of the tables and noticed a woman comfortably seated at the bar. She was by herself and order the Mussels Pomme Frites along with a glass champagne.
She seemed very comfortable and was enjoying her meal. The bartender checked on her and chatted while he took care of other patrons. While I watched I saw another woman in the same situation. She too was enjoying a delicious meal by herself.
Making singles feel welcome should be part of all restaurants strategy. Bar seating is one way to make sure they don’t feel isolated at a table by themselves. They have the option to talk to those around them or can focus on their food.
Giving them a place to go when they are alone will only make them want to come back to share the experience when they are with friends and family.
Have you ever eaten in a restaurant alone or are you too self conscious?