Put Down That Cellphone: Eva Restaurant Pays Customers to Leave Phones at Door

How attached are you to your phone? Mildly? Or pathologically?

That's the question you really need to answer when confronted with Eva Restaurant's new discount: You get 5% off if you leave your phone at the door.

Chef-owner Mark Gold tells KPCC, "It's really not about people disrupting other guests. ... 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."

Gold says that about half of customers take advantage of the deal. "I think once the server approaches the table and they're presented with the offer, they like the idea of actually talking to each other again."

Talking? What's talking? I thought eating out was about Instagram!! How do customers check in on Foursquare?! What if no one on Facebook knows what they're eating? Sheesh.

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