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Table For One?

If you hate dining solo, you're not alone.

This story appears in the April 1998 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Tell the truth: If you frequently travel alone, do you know your favorite hotel's room-service menu by heart? Does the thought of entering a restaurant and uttering the words "table for one" make you shudder? If so, you're probably afflicted with DDS (dread-of-dining-solo syndrome), which is common among solitary travelers.

"Sooner or later, everyone faces the challenge of dining out alone," says Marya Charles Alexander, editor and publisher of Solo Dining Savvy, a newsletter devoted to "taking the bite out of eating alone." "Dining out should be something you look forward to, to revive your spirits."

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