My Place Bar and Restaurant owner David Hadid offered a free beer, wine or coffee to customers who put their phones away for the duration of their meal. The idea didn't quite take off.
My Place Bar and Restaurant owner David Hadid offered a free beer, wine or coffee to customers who put their phones away for the duration of their meal. The idea didn't quite take off. Che Chapman

Plans to separate people from phones at restaurant didn't work

IT seems people can't be separated from their mobile phone for even just one special meal out.

A Coolum restaurant owner's plans to offer free drinks for those who handed in their phone or smart device at the beginning of a meal didn't work.

David Hadid, of My Place Restaurant, had to scrap the concept and allow people to eat and talk and text others guilt-free.

"I tried it for a month, but it didn't really work well,” Mr Hadid said.

"There are locals who really do like their iPhone.”

Mr Hadid came up with the idea in April as he was tired of seeing people not connecting with each other while enjoying a meal out.

"You come to a restaurant to talk to your family and friends and get engaged but people are always floating away on their mobile phones and looking at their social network all the time,” he said back then.

He is, however, determined to not give up hope.

He recently renovated the restaurant and bar he has owned for a decade to recreate a "beach shack” feel.

And in the hopes of restoring yesteryear to his customers, he is going to try mobile-free meals once again.

But this time, it will only be for one night of the week.

He plans to introduce "Time 2 Connect” Tuesday nights where customers can enjoy one complimentary beverage if they hand over their mobile phone during dinner.


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