4/24/2013 11:04:00 AM

Are Family-Style Dinners the Next Restaurant Trend?

The communal dining room at Sway
Last week we caught up with Dai Due’s Griffiths about his new “no choices” dinner concept for his new brick-and-mortar restaurant: “you just come in and we feed you with what we have,” said the chef, who is known for his commitment to sustainable, all-local meals. (Dai Due’s East Austin restaurant is in the early stages but is slated to open in about a year.)

Chef Todd Duplechan originally wanted to run Lenoir the same way, although he eventually settled on offering a few choices for each course. Duplechan now offers a Sunday dinner with four set courses like Griffiths envisions. And chef Shawn Cirkiel does the same on Sundays at Olive and June, with Italian family-style dinners.

So are communal, family-style dinners the next dining craze? Or are they so over, like communal dining? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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