Thanks to Tinder, Bumble and OkCupid, there are more first dates happening than ever. Is that a good thing? Not for restaurants, according to The Washington Post. In a new piece, restauteurs and bar owners discuss how app-driven dating has changed how they do business.
What's the problem? "They're moderating how much alcohol they drink," says Chris McNeal, general manager of Bar Dupont in D.C. He says the couples will often take up residency at a table for a few hours while nursing one happy-hour priced mixed drink or beer.
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According to Tinder, the app generates a whopping 1.3 million dates a week, many of which are first-daters hoping for in-person attraction over casual drinks, rather than a full meal. Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist who advises dating behemoth Match (which also owns Tinder, OkCupid, and others) says, "the first date really should be just for cocktails, because you really shouldn't invest a lot of time or money."