"Ding. Bzzzt. Bap. Beep. That's the sound of conversation in restaurants these days. Where cellphones once posed a nuisance as people chatted loudly into them during meals, they now present a whole new set of etiquette issues as entire tables disappear into the Internet via small glowing screens." – Los Angeles Times reporter Jessica Gelt, in a recent article on how restaurants have adapted to the ubiquity of smartphones.
Gelt reports that one Los Angeles restaurant now offers small plates to hold phones at the table, others keep spare chargers handy to loan to guests, and server training at some restaurants now includes guidance on how to approach customers while they use their phones.