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Frankie and Benny’s BAN mobile phones at ALL its restaurants in UK first

  • Major Brit restaurant chain Frankie and Benny’s is banning mobile phones at its restaurants in a UK first.

The popular Italian eatery will ask diners to hand over their phone when they enter any of its 250 branches.

Shoebox-sized receptacles will be placed on eat table and staff will be “actively encouraged” to get diners to take part in it.

And for those families who do, their children will eat for free.

The restaurant will launch the “No Phone Zone” trial tomorrow and it will last a week until Friday, December 7.

It comes after a shock nationwide study found seven in 10 children wish their parents would spend less time on their phones and more time talking to them.

The poll also found one in 10 children (8%) have tried to hide a parent’s handset in a bid to get attention.

And it discovered nearly twice that many (15%) said their parent’s phone “addiction” made it seems their parents prefer to be on their phone than to talk their children.

A Frankie and Benny’s spokesman said: “Our staff will be actively encouraging customers and families to take part in the initiative but of course, we can’t force them to hand over their phones.

“If the initiative is a success we’ll certainly be looking at ways to activate it on a more permanent basis.”

During the promotion diners up to 14-years-old will be able to eat from the children’s menu free of charge, with paying parents, if the family surrender their mobile phones.

The campaign was inspired by a poll of 1,500 children and parents, which found 56% of children in the UK said they would like to have more conversations with their parents.

The study found the main time mobiles get in the way is during dinner time, when 46% of kids would like to take the device away, followed by family movie or TV time (29%) and holidays (24%).