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Tired of meals punctuated by Twitter updates and Instagram photos, one restaurant has offered a solution to smartphone interrupted dinners. Based in Los Angeles, Eva offers a 5% discount off of the bill for all diners that opt to leave their devices at the front. Chef and owner Mark Gold says about half of diners take him up on his offer.
Eva is home, and we want to create that environment of home, and we want people to connect again. It’s about two people sitting together and just connecting, without the distraction of a phone, and we’re trying to create an ambience where you come in and really enjoy the experience and the food and the company.
Following the trend of disconnecting, more and more services are offering users a respite from technology rather than greater access. Mobile-based apps usually try to enhance an experience, but more and more being on those apps is what takes away from it. Eva won’t be the last institution to offer users a better experience by offering them a break from being constantly connected.