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Israeli restaurant offers 50% discount for diners who shut off their cellphones

By Mason White 2:18 PM November 21, 2013
Jawdat Ibrahim 

By: John Roberts
An Israeli restaurant followed the lead of a Brooklyn, New York restaurant, by offering its diners a 50 percent discount if they are willing to shut off their cellphones.

The owner of a restaurant in an Arab village outside Jerusalem, said he is on a mission to save the dining culture by offering diners to turn off their cellphones and get a discount.

Jawdat Ibrahim said that smartphones have destroyed the modern dining experience. He expects that the generous discount will bring back an experience that was about company, conversation and appreciating food, instead of surfing, texting or talking to the office.

“I’m going to change something. It might be something small, but maybe somehow I will be changing the culture of eating,” Ibrahim, 49, said.

Ibrahim is the owner of Abu Ghosh, a restaurant he named after his hometown located about 10 kilometers or six miles outside of Jerusalem. The city is known as a symbol of coexistence between Arabs and Jews, and the restaurant serves creamy hummus and grilled meat, which are popular with Arabs and Jewish visitors alike.

Ibrahim briefly moved to the United States, nearly thirty years ago, but after winning a $23 million lottery jackpot in Illinois, he quickly returned and opened the restaurant.

As we reported earlier, do you want to enjoy a moment of peace and quiet while eating in New York? Now you can.

Seems like many people are embracing the revolutionary idea of eating in total quite at a restaurant.

The “Eat Restaurant” has implemented a “no speaking night” where patrons eat in total quite.

The restaurant is located in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn. It serves a four-course meal of locally grown organic food, but does not allow any chit-chat.

Eat Restaurant’s Chef Nicholas Nauman said he was inspired to start the no speaking rule after spending time with Buddhist monks in India.

“I spent time in a Buddhist monastery in India, when I was in college and we had silent breakfast every day,” Nauman said. He said that silence allows customers the opportunity to enjoy their food.

“We ask people to turn off their phones and to remain silent for the entire meal,” restaurant owner Jordan Colon said.
People communicate via hand gesture or facial expression.

The restaurant fills up fast during the no speak meals. The price for the 4 courses meal is $40.