Sometimes the world gets what the church has forgotten it knows.
Good friends sent this link to a cafe/restaurant that seems to have grasped something about the social nature of eating.
They probably aren't the only ones - though they do seem to do it very nicely (I'll have to go and check it out).
As Leonard Sweet points out in his book, The Gospel According to Starbucks, that cafe chain is only partially interested in selling you a coffee. it's much more interested in enabling you to connect with friends and have an experience that is life-affirming.
Of course, it hopes that if it does that, it'll make more money, but let's not be too cynical because anything that helps people come together in a world that's falling apart has to be a good thing. maybe we should be in there helping it happen.