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New York Restaurant Latest to Discount Phone-Less Meal

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | April 12, 2015

New York Restaurant Latest to Discount Phone-Less Meal

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Ditch the phone for one Sunday meal and you get a nice ten percent discount at a restaurant in New York that hopes to champion human interaction.

WGRZ (h/t Eater) reported that Lebro’s, an Italian diner in Getzville, is the latest installation to offer its patrons an incentive to keep the smartphone holstered.

According to the report, the novelty comes with a breadbasket that acts far more like a phone basket. If diners leave their respective phones in the basket in the middle of the table, they get delicious savings — all for going off the grid momentarily.

The report quoted Lee Federiconi, who owns the establishment: “It's a joy and tells me that it's an important phase of family life. Growing up, that's what we did — talked about things and life was a lot simpler. I don't think life has gotten harder, it's just the devices have made things a little more complicated. But I think for this hour of time, families can reconnect with each other.”

Eater reminded of other such restaurants offering similar deals. This past November we regaled you with Sneaky’s Chicken’s deal. The Iowa chow house offered the same ten percent off for meals.

It’s at this point that we would offer up the great point this all makes. However, let’s look at it from another standpoint.

Twenty years ago we would have given anything for a little device that held the world’s complement of information.

Now we have this magical toy that can settle in an instant the cast from “Tank Girl” while also breaking down Lori Petty’s fine career.

We certainly admire the discount, but sometimes you have a pop culture conundrum that needs immediate attention while stuffing your face with pasta.

So good luck on prying this smartphone from our eagerly typing hands.

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