Posted: Aug 15, 2012 8:52 PM by Associated Press
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - A Los Angeles restaurant is offering customers a deal if they agree to look at their fellow diners instead of their phone screens.
Eva Restaurant in the Fairfax District is offering a 5 percent discount to customers who will check their cell phones with restaurant staff.
Owner Mark Gold told KPCC radio (http://bit.ly/Pn6Jx1 ) Tuesday that the policy isn't about other diners who might be annoyed by cell phone chatter or the glow of smart phone screens, but an attempt to create an environment where diners can connect to each other instead of the outside world.
Servers make the offer to diners when they introduce themselves.
Gold says nearly half take advantage of the discount, and many express gratitude at the opportunity to let go of their devices for a while.
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