After her devastating split from former Bachelor Brad Womack last summer, Emily Maynard is hoping to find love again as ABC's new Bachelorette.

Friday evening, Maynard, 26, headed out on her first one-on-one date of the season. (Show insiders have identified the lucky guy as a man named Ryan Bowers, 31, an Atlanta-based gym owner.)

The pair dined at Italian restaurant Osso in her hometown of Charlotte, NC, and then danced the night away as Gloriana--one of Maynard's favorite bands--played some of their hits.

"She looked happy, like she was having a nice time," an eyewitness tells Us Weekly. Still, the witness says, "Emily didn't kiss Ryan at the end of the song. She just gave him a hug and a kiss on the cheek."

An insider admitted Maynard--who is a single mom to daughter Ricki, 5--was extremely nervous about starting Bachelorette production. "She's excited, but she's also scared about it," the source tells Us. "She's very shy, and it's hard to put herself out there again."