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2017-05-31 11:53:05
Do you still take time to go out for lunch when at work?

Julie Jargon of the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) notes that the tradition of going to a restaurant to sit down for an afternoon meal has gone the way of the three-martini lunch.

Citing information from a market research firm, Jargon reports that Americans made 433 million fewer restaurant trips at lunchtime last year—the lowest traffic level in at least 40 years.

That downturn resulted in eateries losing $3.2 billion in 2016—give or take the cost of a ham-and-Swiss-on-rye-extra-mayo-no-tomato and a bag of chips.

This week, we’re asking you: Do you still leave the office to go out for lunch on a regular basis—three to four times a week? Do you usually opt for a grab-and-go meal to eat at your desk? Have your habits switched because of work pressures, economics or any other reason?

Tell us your thoughts by answering in the comments.

Read the answers to last week’s question: How casual is your summer workplace wardrobe?

Featured answer:

Posted by Colin E. Flora: I am a general outlier in the Indianapolis legal community in that I still prefer a three-piece suit to a polo shirt. That said, if I am merely in office on a warm summer day, it is likely that I will be in a polo shirt and khakis. My office is in a historic building where the summer sun has a way of beating the AC unit. … As a general rule, if I am in the office all day, I swear by at least having a sport coat or blazer, though in the summer, a tie tends to be left at home.”

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