Yes, yes, we know: You just need to check the score of the game really quickly or maybe your sister-in-law finally put up some new pictures of the baby. And oh, let’s just take a second to Instagram this artfully designed plate! But come on, do you really need to have your phone out at the restaurant? Perhaps a little incentive would convince you to put it away, like the 5% discount an L.A. eatery is offering to diners for not using digital devices at the table.
KPCC radio in L.A. says the owner and chef of the establishment is just trying to get people to stop being so distracted, by way of ditching their phones before they’re even seated. For those patrons who want the deal, they simply check their phones at the door.
Apparently half of the restaurant’s diners have taken the plunge so far.
“For us, it’s really not about people disrupting other guests. Eva is home, and we want to create that environment of home, and we want people to connect again,” he said. “It’s about two people sitting together and just connecting, without the distraction of a phone, and we’re trying to create an ambiance where you come in and really enjoy the experience and the food and the company.”
Fancy that, actually interacting in person with your company and the surroundings! And hey, you can always tweet about the amazing salad later. That news will hold.