Restaurant offers 5% discount for dining without your cell phone
Know the trick to remembering what’s yours and what’s not on the table at a fancy restaurant?
It’s a simple exercise, but covers everything, hopefully to prevent you from drinking out of the wrong glass or putting your roll on the wrong plate.
What B.M.W. does not cover, though, is the (C), which stands for cell phone. Today, cell phones have become such common dressing on restaurant tables one eatery is offering a discount if you can simply refrain from checking your mobile during the course of the meal.
You do it, and I do it: we all check our phones during meals in public, often having no regard for manners and plopping the thing right there on the table while we’re served.
According to Southern California Public Radio, however, one L.A. restaurant wants to buck the trend, rewarding diners who can cell phone use during meals.
Eva Restaurant in the City of Angels, less than ten minutes from Beverly Hills, has just started a promo that would award patrons a five per cent discount if they check their cell phones at the door.
“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,” the restaurant’s owner/chef said.
“It’s about two people sitting together and just connecting, without the distraction of a phone, and we’re trying to create an ambience where you come in and really enjoy the experience and the food and the company.”
Eva is just a 40 person diner, so it’s likely easier to pull off checking cell phones in such a confined space than, say, doing the same at a Jack Astor’s or other chain restaurant.
To its credit, Eva’s owner says nearly half its patrons take advantage of the five per cent discount.
Would you ditch your cell phone at a restaurant for a discount on the cheque, however modest the savings may be?
By Jason Buckland, MSN Money