Restaurants are for meeting people you’d never meet, for striking up conversations at the bar and walking away with a lifelong friend. They’re for making big announcements in banquet rooms surrounded by all your families and friends. They’re for creating communities that check in on each other when a regular hasn’t been around for awhile. For celebrating big moments with bottomless cocktails and desserts as big as your head. They’re for first dates and 50th wedding anniversaries. For first jobs and lifelong investments.

Lyndsey Gruber