Put Down that Cell Phone and Save on Dining Out.

Ever been to a restaurant and look around and everyone is starring at their phones, tapping furiously on them, or worse yet, having a complete conversation on them. What ever happened to going out for the sake of good company and a little ambiance? Does that include being part of someone’s one-way phone conversation? Has dining distracted become the new norm?

The popular Zagat restaurant guide said 63% of Americans turn their noses up at cell phone users who make calls or hammer out texts during a meal.

Well in LA, at least one restauranteur is doing something about it.

Eva Restaurant on Beverly Boulevard is offering diners a 5% discount on their bill if they dump their digital devices before being seated, according to radio station KPCC. Owner and chef Mark Gold says it’s a tactic to keep distracted dining to a minimum. “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.”

So no more tweeting, posting or Instagram photo snapping of your meals. Time to pick up that glass of wine, knife and fork–and just enjoy. Mangia!

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