Talk of the Town - Dare to be square December 25 2002

Married folks can be so dull. At least that's what prompted Patroski Lawson to form the Square Hat Supper & Social Club two years ago, after he realized his social network was dwindling. "My married friends were wonderful," he explains. "But they weren't interested in exploring a lot of new clubs or restaurants."

In February 2001, Lawson gathered 30 people for dinners, for theme parties and, above all, to have a good time. Since then, the group has blossomed to 425 charter members and 2,200 e-mail subscribers. There are several weekly events, including dinner and cocktail parties, movie and book clubs, and "power" lunches. Currently membership in the organization is free, but a portion of the cover charge from events is donated to various charities.

Lawson came up with the moniker for the group after he attended a dinner party where one inebriated guest couldn't pronounce the name on a bottle of Italian wine. She asked for the "square hat" brand, since the label depicted a man with a square tophat.

So when choosing a name, Lawson decided on one born out of a night of friendly revelry. Two years later, he remains single and enjoys his growing network of friends. Some things never change — square hats or no.


Square Hat Supper & Social Club New Year's Celebration. $85. Dec. 31, 8 p.m.-3 a.m. Goldfish, 4400 Ashford-Dunwoody Road. 404-364-9360. www.squarehatsupperclub.com.??