Dining Out? Check Your Phone with Your Coat

We’ve all be there, done that – gone to a restaurant only to find the quiet ambiance disturbed by obnoxious ringtones, text message buzzing, and loud voices. Oh, and let’s not forget the constant camera flashing since no one can eat out without taking pictures of their food these days.

According to ehotelier.com, many restaurants are torn when it comes to dealing with these noisy distractions. On the one hand, they could ask customers to stop taking pictures or using their phones in the dining room. On the other hand, they could do like Chef David Bouley and actually invite the amateur critics into the kitchen to see the place in action.

So here’s the question. What would you do if you walked into a restaurant and were asked to check your phone at the door? I, for one, wouldn’t mind putting my phone aside for an hour, but I can also see how diners with children at home or with babysitters might worry a bit. Still, they can check on their children without being distracting, too.

So how about you? Would you stay or would you leave? How connected are you?

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