The nation's indoor dining rooms may be open again, but new research suggests that Americans still prefer for their family reunions to take place around the grill. In a recent survey of 2,006 respondents, more than half (51%) highlighted outdoor barbecues as an ideal venue for socializing this summer. Meanwhile, only 38% said the same of restaurants, and even fewer (34%) opted for their own dining room table. Altogether, 47% of respondents used cookouts to catch up on news from friends and family — agreeing that the grill is the non-work equivalent of the office water cooler. Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Bush's® Beans, the survey also found that 72% of those polled have created lasting memories around the grill in the past. And 42% want to create even more, by attending more barbecues than they usually would this summer.
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