This tech pro spends $1,000 a week at restaurants

And you thought you wasted too much money in the restaurant.

A Bon Appétit story about a 27-year-old tech professional who spends about $1,000 a week eating out has sparked a social media frenzy. Reviewers criticized the restaurant’s budget as too excessive, but as one also noted, “Mixture of emotions here, but envy is certainly one of them.”

In the story, the tech professional, who is based in Washington, DC, but not identified by name, shares that her annual salary is $225,000 and she has $400,000 in savings. In other words, he’s someone who would generally be considered in a comfortable position for his age and who can afford to dine out regularly.

And she goes out to restaurants regularly. “I love to cook, but I haven’t done it much lately. Busy workdays don’t leave much time for eating, let alone cooking,” she told Bon Appétit.

Her recent meals and food and drink ranged from a $459.54 spread for two at an upscale Japanese restaurant (she paid for herself and her boyfriend) to a $13 grab-and-go breakfast, $33 from a bakery, consisting of a pistachio croissant (“my habit”) and a sparkling matcha rhubarb lemonade (“my favorite summer drink”).

What about the tech pro’s budget for groceries? A mere $36 per week.

On social media, many had fun criticizing the professional’s expensive lifestyle and eating habits. Not to mention the fact that she always lets her parents collect her cell phone bill.

One commenter, however, noted that all of that spending might be just what some restaurants need to stay afloat:

While most Americans obviously don’t spend $1,000 a week in restaurants, they still dine out regularly. A pre-pandemic survey found that people aged 25 to 34 spent $95 a week on meals and takeout. The same survey noted that meals have become much more than food – that is, respondents cited socializing with friends and family as their main reason for eating out.

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