Sydney restaurant bans kids from using devices

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Newstalk ZB,
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Publish Date
Wednesday, 20 February 2019, 6:05p.m.
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A Sydney restaurant owner has banned devices and colouring books from his tables.

Attila Yilmaz, the owner of Pazar Food Collective, a Turkish-Mexican fusion restaurant in Sydney, says he instituted the ban because he wants parents to “engage with their children” and for families to be “involved with the food and experience”.

He told Larry Williams the controversial ban hasn't affected customers still coming to the restaurants.

He says his restaurant is about people coming together to share food with each other and he is seeing a trend of what he calls screen zombies.

"They don't acknowledge anybody, they just sit in the corner on the phones and sometimes don't even eat. That is not what we are about, its all about the customers dining experience and we have had a lot of feedback supporting this decision."

The ban is not only aimed at kids glued to their electronic devices with adults also targeted.

"This is across the board, not just kids. We see adults coming in watching the footy on their phones as well."

Yilmaz says the reaction overall has been very positive.

"I've had about 15 phone calls today thanking us for implementing this ban. We have been going for 5 years in a tough business, and we are still thriving and growing."

LISTEN TO THE AUDIO ABOVE AS ATTILA YILMAZ SPEAKS TO LARRY WILLIAMS

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