The CODE team eats in restaurants tirelessly, to bring you news of people, places and trends. One idea that seems to be getting traction is for seating two-tops next to each other, rather than across a table. CODE’s founder Adam Hyman was in New York last week and noticed quite a few restaurants set up that way.
He asked a server why – apparently couples like it because in a noisy restaurant they can talk quietly. A GM in another said it originates in the days when mafia bigwigs wanted to sit with their backs to the wall so they couldn’t be attacked from behind… Meanwhile in London CODE’s editor Lisa Markwell recently dined at Kerridge’s Bar & Grill with a guest and was seated side-by-side which, though unorthodox, meant both could watch the action rather than one gaze at the wall.
It’s certainly not the most efficient use of a room but perhaps with restaurants getting seemingly ever louder, and social media being a big part of dining out, it could take off. Watch this (floor) space.
Have a good week.