Is it Reasonable for a Restaurant to Ban Cell Phones?

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Think you can get through dinner without checking in on Foursquare, snapping photos of your meal with Instagram or glancing at your email?

If you want to dine at Rogue24 in Washington, D.C., you’re going to have to. Diners are required to fill out and sign a contract that, among other details, includes forbidding the use of cell phones or cameras. The restaurant serves 24- and 16-course meals that usually last at least three-hours.

“All guests should be able to enjoy the experiences that surround them at Rogue24 free of distraction,” a part of the contract says, according to the Consumerist. The contract also asks for dietary restrictions and details how the cancellation policy works.

Is this a reasonable request? Or is this restaurant going too far by banning cell phones?

Image: _rockinfree via Creative Commons

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