The best thing to ever happen to dating is the discovery of LTE on our smartphones. Personally, I believe that every single person who ever went on a first date in 2003 or prior is an absolute hero, because without my iPhone to save the day, I don’t think I ever could have made it through a dinner. From Instagramming my $14 specialty cocktail to texting 9-1-1 to a friend during a horrible date or scrolling during an awkward silence, having my phone as a dinner companion has saved my butt more times than I’d like to admit. However, if you want to get a meal at London’s Tea Terrace Restaurants and Tea Rooms, be prepared to lose your safety net because they will literally lock away your phone until you leave the restaurant.
If you want somewhere you can be distracted by emails and push notifications in case your date tries to start telling you about how much he lifts, you’ll want to avoid this restaurant at all costs since they lock your phone away in a “phonetentiary” upon your arrival. Of course, that sounds absolutely horrible, so to keep the vibe, these horrible phone cages are built within hollowed-out books so you can still have the appearance of a pleasant evening while actually dying inside because you can’t check your Instagram notifications.
Of course, the purpose behind this is to get patrons to put down their phones and focus on the dining experience and the company they’re surrounded with, although personally, that sounds absolutely horrible to me. I don’t want 90 minutes of undivided attention with anyone in any circumstance, much less in a situation where I have to sit and awkwardly wait on my food order to arrive. If this sounds appealing to you, by all means, take a trip – however, you’ll find me at your local Starbucks wirelessly connected to between 2 and 4 devices at all times and enjoying my plugged-in dining experience that foregoes any element of human interaction. That, to me, is what relaxation sounds like. .
[via Food & Wine]