"Table for one please."
This phrase, though common, is loaded with stigma and quickly earns the disapproving look of a hostess. "Why don't you have any friends?" "Do you have something contagious?" "Are you the Zodiac killer?"
Well here's the deal: we were born alone, and we will die alone. Also, inevitably, we will eat alone, too. Orson Welles probably said the first thing, but he DEFINITELY said the second. And though one is the loneliest number, eating alone at restaurants is becoming more and more popular. According to reservation monolith Open Table, reservations for one have risen 62% over the last two years, meaning that eating alone has potentially reached an all-time peak. See! You aren't as pathetic as you thought.