Recently, we got to talk about restaurants that have banned kids from their dining rooms. Here’s something besides badly behaved kids that can be annoying to other diners: overactive cell phone users. Recently, the New York Times reported on the “phone stack” game: When you go out to eat, everyone must put their cells in the middle of the table. Whoever is first to give in to the urge to check their device has to pay for dinner. Here are several places in sync with the phone stack game.
Bedivere Eatery & Tavern (Beirut, Lebanon)
“Tired from going out to places where people are just sitting with a drink and socializing with their mobile phone? If YES is your answer, Bedivere is your place!" says the website of this year-old restaurant that specializes in sandwiches and burgers. Bedivere offers a 10% discount to guests who leave their phones with the restaurant during their meal. bedivere-lb.com
Bucato (Los Angeles, California)
Chef Evan Funke’s dining room prohibits all cell phone use, including photography and texting. Diners can use their phones only within “designated cell phone areas.” The general manager, Ed Keebler, complained to the website Eater that cell phones contribute to “gastro ADD” and that guests are encouraged to “share their meal with fellow diners.”