Bucato, the new pasta-centric Italian restaurant by chef Evan Funke (Rustic Canyon) which opens tonight, intends on having the strictest cell phone policy in the city. That means diners are absolutely not allowed to use cell phones for photos, texting, taking calls, or doing anything else, really. According to restaurant staff, diners will only be permitted to use their phones in "designated cell phone areas" (which are a bit unclear), and outside the restaurant.
When asked to elaborate on the policy during a media preview last night, GM Ed Keebler lambasted the increased use of cell phones during meals, claiming they contribute to "gastro ADD." Instead of broadcasting food to the outside world using Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, customers will be encouraged to "share their meal with fellow diners."
Keebler acknowledged that customers will obviously attempt to circumvent the policy, but he plans to hold fast to Bucato's "house rules." Phone prohibition isn't completely unheard of in L.A. Sushi Nozawa was notorious for limiting phone use, while spots like Trois Mec ask clients to put their phones and cameras away during meals, but allow photos to be taken absent the use of flash. It's unclear how long Bucato's policy is going to stand in this era of social media, but perhaps the restaurant will be the first to try and hold its ground in this arena.
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