Most restaurants embrace social media as a way to attract new customers – but for some restaurant owners, our smart phone addiction has gone too far. Chefs have become increasingly dismayed at customers who need to snap multiple photos prior to digging in or seeing couples pay more attention to their screens than each other.
Now more and more restaurants are beginning to put policies in place that discourage phone usage. According to Eater LA, local chef Jordan Kahn personally requests that visitors to his experimental Culver City restaurant Vespertine keep their phones off for the duration of the meal. Petit Jardin, located in Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, France, not only bans cell phones but enforces the ban by having waiters blow whistles at customers using their phones and kicking repeat offenders out. Other restaurants try to find a middle ground. At Sushi Lounge in Hoboken, New Jersey, sushi lovers can enjoy both a 20% discount and more face time with their dining companions on Tuesday nights if they leave their phones in a box on the table until the check arrives.
What do you think? Do you fully support policies that discourage cell phone use at the table, or should restaurateurs accept that times have changed? Let us know in the comments!