It's kinda sad when you look around a restaurant and see people at EVERY TABLE staring down at their phones, texting, and completely IGNORING the people they're eating with.
There's a restaurant in Los Angeles that's SO determined to stop that, they're actually willing to take a FINANCIAL HIT to make it happen. Mark Gold is the owner and chef of Eva Restaurant. And he now offers customers a deal: If they leave their cell phones at the door, they get 5% off their bill. Gold says, quote, "It's not really about people disrupting other guests. It's about two people sitting together and just connecting, without the distraction of a phone." "We're trying to create an ambiance where you come in and really enjoy the experience and the food and the company."
So far, he says, about half of his customers have taken advantage of the offer. The entrees at Eva appear to run between $19 and $45 . . . so giving up your phone really DOES seem worth the discount.
I'm all in. We could do this, or approve a plan that allows us to throw our water glasses at people who are talking on the phone in a restaurant. Either way I'm happy.