If you’ve been to a restaurant recently in a group of three or more, you might have noticed an increasingly long wait at your favorite establishments. This happened to me last week on Christmas break when my family went out for some good, old-fashioned American hibachi but were left with over an hour wait because of the new sushi section of the restaurant, where grill tables had been removed to make room for a new section of tables for two. This isn’t just happening at Kobé, but all across the country, and for one major reason – Tinder.
Whereas a party of four could get a seat at a trendy restaurant fairly quickly before, now they’ll have to wait a bit longer. Apparently, so many people are now going on first blind dates thanks to Tinder (and Hinge, and Bumble, and…), that restaurants are having to completely rearrange their layouts to accommodate for more tables for two in order to maximize their business opportunity.
Instead of the first dates we went on five years ago to events or movies or fancy dinners, we’ve now settled into a pattern – reserving a table for two at a trendy bar for a drink or two, and then moving on to grab something to eat if we hit it off there. A date other than this, while unique, is risky, as it doesn’t involve the alcohol necessary for introverted app-daters to survive out there in the wild with a literal stranger. Restaurants and bars have been catching onto us, and are now orienting their table settings to allow for more couples and fewer groups of three or more.
The good news? For date nights at millennial-friendly establishments (think Prohibition bars and specialty taco joints), your wait for a table for two may just be cut in half. On top of this perk, you now have an excellent excuse to get out of any and all group dates proposed by your significant other in the future – “Sorry, babe, but I just don’t feel like waiting two hours for a large table to open for barbecue tonight.” Whatever your dining routine, take this news into consideration and start hunting for group reservations in advance on OpenTable, because let’s be honest – nothing kills a mood faster than a group of hangry twenty-somethings. .
[via Business Insider]