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On Thursday, February 21, 2002, at 03:03 , Kenneth Van Oost wrote:
>> people wonder and look at me
>> enjoying my meal on my own...
> The number of people eating in a restaurant is certainly one of the
> I use when choosing among unknown eateries.
For what it's worth, I at first thought, simply looking and taking
Kenneth's comment most literally, that he merely meant he was eating by
himself- I got no indication that he was a singular presence in the
restaurant. In fact, I thought he meant other people in the restaurant
were the ones looking.
And there is a small stigma to sitting by oneself in a restaurant, at
least I think there is here in the US.
But then Grant interpreted it as meaning the restaurant was empty.
I was about to intercede with my interpretation that Ken only meant he
was sitting without a companion-
But then, he came back elucidating upon Grant's.
Some restaurants get so busy, so fast, that it is a benefit to arrive
early and be one of the few patrons.
And some places are just so busy that the noise and activity are not
pleasant, at least not personally.
Getting people to enter a new restaurant is a major enterprise. I'm sure
books have and could be written.
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