HALIFAX — A popular Halifax cafe and bar is facing backlash for its decision to be “screen free” after 5 p.m. — but the unusual move has garnered some support as well.
Signs at Lion and Bright in the city’s hip north end were recently posted on tables informing patrons of the rule, which requires work-related screens such as laptops to be put away during the evening.
Owner Sean Gallagher says during the day, the establishment operates as a cafe that many use as a work space.
But he says during the evening, Lion and Bright becomes a bar with an atmosphere that encourages people to “turn their work off” and relax and socialize.
The rule has kindled a debate online, with some supporting the move but others declaring they won’t be visiting Lion and Bright anymore.
Yeh, sorry that just makes me never want to go to lion and bright in the evenings.
— Caet Moir Creative (@CaetCaet) October 3, 2017
Guess I’ll be crossing them off of the list of places to try for dinner. I get the sentiment, but the approach is missing the mark.
— 👻🎃 Jen 💀🕸 (@sinsofknowing) October 3, 2017
Well, I know where I won’t be going. I can manage my own device usage, be a social human being and engage with people on my own terms.
— Simon Leither (@sleither) October 3, 2017
Good luck to them. I would think maybe a section of the resto or certain nights but if they know their customer base then it should work.
— Mario (@margreek) October 2, 2017
Wow, that’s a dick move. I don’t think I’ll be heading to Lion and Bright anytime soon.
— A. Doré (@sassypants81) October 3, 2017
Gallagher clarified that the rule does not include things like smartphones or reading a book on a Kindle.
With files from HuffPost Canada
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