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New Local Restaurant Bans Cellphones

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Caterina in Fort Worth | Image by NBC 5

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A newly-opened Fort Worth restaurant is enforcing an uncommon rule: no cellphones.

Owner Tim Love opened the new Italian restaurant, called Caterina, which means “pure” in Italian.

In pursuit of that pure experience, the eatery asks guests to follow a strict no-phones policy. The phones are placed into a locked bag upon entry, and not returned until it’s time to exit.

“We wanted to make something that was special,” Tim Love told NBC DFW.

The staff actually monitors the dining area for rulebreakers. If they catch one, they politely “call them out,” so to speak.

“We’re going to kindly ask them to put their phone in the bag,” Love said. “We’ve already had that happen. Some people forget. They just have their phone in their pocket. We give them the bag. They put their phone in the bag. It’s not a big deal.”

Love hopes that patrons will enjoy being disconnected from their devices and either enjoy spending time with themselves or their dining companions.

“If you can’t possibly deal without your phone for two hours, this is not the place for you,” Love said. “I mean, people go to movies, they don’t get on their phone.”

For those who absolutely need to be reachable, Caterina said patrons can give out the restaurant’s phone number, and there is an old-fashioned, bright red rotary phone that can be brought to the table for emergency calls.

“So then you’re like, ‘I’m just going to sit here and enjoy myself,’ and that’s what happens. It’s been really refreshing,” Love said.

In keeping with the theme of resurrecting the slightly outdated, Caterina also has a dress code, which requires jackets for men. And if a gentleman forgets, not to worry, the restaurant will loan them one at the door.

Caterina’s cozy 40-seat dining room just opened at the end of July and is situated in the newly dedicated area of the Stockyards called “Mule Alley,” housed in the restored Horse and Mule Barns of the Stockyards Historic District.

“Mule Alley” is described as a “carefully curated collection” of restaurants, entertainment venues, shops, heritage brands, creative workplaces, and the rustic-luxe 4-star hotel, The Drover, all contributing to the evolving history of “Cowtown.”    

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caseyp
caseyp
1 month ago

Bravo. I was going to say that I don’t agree with having to surrender them. I think people should be able to keep them but silenced. They should be allowed to look at them to see if an emergency is the reason for the call. However, if a person is out for a meal and a possible emergence may arise they can chose another establishment.

Get Real
Get Real
1 month ago

What if a diner gets an emergency call? It sounds like this is ran by Restaurant Nazis. Count me out.

John doe
John doe
1 month ago

Dumb. Anyone who’s on call in any form would not want this. Doctors, Technicians, Law Enforcement, etc. looking forward to the next tenant at this location.

Linda
Linda
Reply to  John doe
1 month ago

If one is ” on call,” there is a variety of Itallian restaurants to choose. We make choices all the time based on current conditions. If I want French fare, I don’t insist that the Italian restaurant change its menu.

Lay Monk Jeffery
Lay Monk Jeffery
1 month ago

I am all for this. It’s how it used to be before the 24/7 constant connection. They said they have a emergency phone and you can give out there number. So what’s the argument? Set down and enjoy a meal with a co-worker, friend or loved one without interruption to those at your table and around you. The youth does not understand, most anyway. I would make the drive from Dallas over to Ft Worth for a nice quiet meal with family or friends. I think it’s beyond rude to be on the phone in a restaurant even a fast food establishment, especially at the counter! Some people want peace and quiet with some conversation at there table. Not phones buzzing and ringing with loud conversing all around, it’s just rude. More places should do this. Maybe man would learn how to spend quality time again at a slower pace.
This is a very good policy and maybe it will help people unplug for a bit?

Max Frisson
Max Frisson
1 month ago

Predicting a short life span for this audacious restaurant.