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Table For One?

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

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

Tell the truth: If you frequently travel alone, do you know yourfavorite hotel's room-service menu by heart? Does the thoughtof entering a restaurant and uttering the words "table forone" make you shudder? If so, you're probably afflictedwith DDS (dread-of-dining-solo syndrome), which is common amongsolitary travelers.

"Sooner or later, everyone faces the challenge of diningout alone," says Marya Charles Alexander, editor and publisherof Solo Dining Savvy, a newsletter devoted to "taking the biteout of eating alone." "Dining out should be something youlook forward to, to revive your spirits."

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