America Is Becoming a Nation of Early Birds

From a Wall Street Journal story by Rachel Wolfe headlined “America Is Becoming a Nation of Early Birds”:

The early birds are winning.

Trendy new restaurants are closing their kitchens at 8 p.m. And movie theaters are swapping late-night screenings for matinees. Hybrid and remote workers itching to leave the house as soon as they close their laptops are fueling the shift.

Restaurants are now seating 10% of diners between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., up from 5% in 2019, according to Yelp. Dinner parties are starting as early as 5 p.m.