Valentine’s Day can be a very awkward occasion for Brits that aren’t used to expressing their feelings.
To help nervous new couples venturing out this Valentine’s, TGI Fridays have come up with an inventive way to find out exactly how your date feels about you.
The American restaurant chain has created a ground-breaking, high-tech device dubbed the ‘Together Table’, the world’s first electric-powered table that allows each diner to move their side of the table in and out at the touch of a button.
A one-of-a-kind prototype, the experience starts off by offering a generous four feet of space between the diners.
However, if things are going well, each diner can choose to close the gap, as much or as little as they want, at the touch of a button, located at each end of the table.
If you’re thinking this involves a lot of awkward chair shuffling, don’t fret, as the table’s chairs are connected to the table via hidden mechanics under the floor, meaning they move in and out with the table. A genius concept that should surely now be rolled out to all other dining tables, no?
Sadly, moving closer (or further away) from your date will be far from subtle, as the table includes a chart in the middle which indicates if the daters are ‘feeling distant’, ‘hotting up’ or have ‘found a match’ based on their distance apart – that the whole world can see.
As it’s the most romantic day of the year, the table itself has been made from fancy walnut and is powered using the same motors found in the electronic seating mechanisms of state-of-the-art luxury cars, and took designer and engineer Andy Billet over 100 hours to build from scratch.
Steve Flanagan, Chief Marketing Officer said: “We take dating seriously at Fridays, in fact it’s part of our history, as our founder Alan Stillman created Fridays in 1965 as a place for likeminded singletons to mingle and meet.
“For Valentine’s Day this year we wanted to mark it with something never seen before in dating – the world’s first table that allows the guests to choose how close to each other they want to be and signal to their date just how they feel it is going.
Importantly, both diners can control their side of the table – so couples can only get close when they both choose to.”
Sadly, there’s only one of the coveted tables out there, currently housed in London’s Leicester Square branch of TGI Fridays ahead of Valentine’s Day, where it will remain for a week after to allow hundreds of couples to give it a go themselves.