Study: Singles embrace dining out on Valentine’s Day

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Single Americans aren’t shying away from Valentine’s Day dining, as 42 percent plan to visit a restaurant in celebration of the holiday of love, according to a recent OpenTable survey.

"Contrary to popular belief and defying misconceptions about their Valentine's Day habits, singles are getting comfortable with dining out on Valentine's Day regardless of relationship status," Caroline Potter, chief dining officer at the restaurant reservations company, said in a statement.

One in three singles plans to dine out with several friends or family members on the restaurant industry’s second-busiest day of the year. Nearly half of those diners said they’ll share their experiences on social media—with one in five planning to post photos of dishes ordered, according to OpenTable.

A number of restaurant chains have embraced single diners with current Valentine’s Day campaigns, including Dairy Queen’s debut of a Singles Blizzard and Hooters’ #ShredYourEx promotion. 

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