By Kayla Blatchley

The restaurant is small: ten tables total, plus four stools at the counter. 8:30 a.m. on a weekday, a woman walks past the "Please wait to be seated sign" and sniffs around the booths. The restaurant is still half empty. The host attempts to guide her toward one table, then another, this one next to a table with seated customers. The woman looks at the table, turns, and says:

"I don't like sitting that close to other people."