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Brilliant idea for your dining pleasure

Post by Cheryl Tucker on Aug. 17, 2012 at 5:55 am with No Comments »
August 16, 2012 5:25 pm

Here’s an idea I’d like to see catch on: According to the Los Angeles Times, an L.A. restaurant is offering 5 percent discounts to diners who agree to check their digital devices at the door.

Eva Restaurant owner Mark Gold said his goal is to minimize distracted dining.

My question: Is there any way to apply this to distracted driving? Like offer a discount on car insurance to drivers who agree to install a cell phone signal jammer in their car? I know such devices exist from watching TV shows like “24.”

Anyway, here’s the Times’ article.

By Tiffany Hsu
Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES — Ever feel like a dinner out at the local restaurant feels more like a trip to Best Buy, with fellow patrons tapping on their smartphones or taking photos of their meal? One restaurant in Los Angeles is now paying customers to check their tech at the door.

Eva Restaurant is offering diners a 5 percent discount on their bill if they dump their digital devices before being seated, according to radio station KPCC. Owner and chef Mark Gold says it’s a tactic to keep distracted dining to a minimum.

About half of patrons have taken Gold up on the offer.
“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 told KPCC.

“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.”

In recent years, technology has become unavoidable in restaurants. Diners have turned into food paparazzi, hustling to get the perfect snapshot of a well-plated dish. Others seem to tweet every other bite while reviews on Yelp and Chowhound come harsh and often.

Many restaurants, trying to appeal to a younger crowd in a difficult economic environment, have become more forgiving of plugged-in clientele. Some have even incorporated iPads, QR codes and other digital trappings into their service and menus.

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