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Solo dining less lonely now, decades-long analysis shows

By ROBERTO A. FERDMAN, The Washington Post

This article was published September 1, 2015 at 2:39 a.m.

It’s not unusual to see people lunching alone in restaurants such as the Green Leaf Grill, in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield building at 601 S. Gaines St.

In 1985, The New York Times published a snippet of comforting news for self-conscious solo eaters. "Dining alone," the newspaper reassured readers, "is no longer viewed as odd."

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