I’ve always assumed that restaurants don’t want solo diners at tables, because there aren’t any tables expressly set up for one person. The solo diner is going to have an empty seat, which equals lost revenue, across from him or her.
But Mr. Coraine told me that I’m wrong. He said the solo diner is giving a restaurant one of the greatest compliments it can get.
“The single diner has no other agenda but to eat in your restaurant,” he said. “They’re not there for business, they’re not there for romance.” They’re there for the restaurant’s food and service.
He added: “I think there are some operators who see someone walk in alone and say, ‘Here comes some lost revenue.’ I look at it as: here comes tomorrow’s six-top.” A two-top, four-top or six-top is restaurant parlance for a party of two, four or six.
I'll have a table for one, thank you