Pop-Up Restaurant Only Has Tables For One

Pop-Up Restaurant Only Has Tables For One
Arts & Culture

Art project tries to dispel the social taboo of dining on your own.

Ross Brooks
  • 27 june 2013

If you’ve ever found yourself sitting at a table for two and feeling slightly awkward, you might be delighted to hear that a restaurant called Eenmaal in Amsterdam is starting to promote the idea of a table for one.

In fact, the restaurant is going slightly further than that, one-person tables are the only kind of tables available in this particular establishment – making it the first one-person restaurant in the world.

Designer Marina van Goor created the restaurant to try and break the social taboo of doing things on your own. Being seen watching a movie, or eating out on your own, often attracts strange glances. Eenmaal is part of a bigger idea to make public spaces acceptable for those going solo, as well as those meeting friends.


The writing reads: You come with one, you sit with one, you eat with one.

Open in Amsterdam’s Bos en Lommer district for two days, the pop-up restaurant is the kind of idea that could affect a lot more change in the way people think, and if there are any others keen to break the social taboo of solo dining, they could do so with something more than a temporary art project.




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