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Chick-fil-A offering free dessert if diners complete ‘cellphone coop’ challenge

Chick-fil-A is offering free dessert to diners that

Chick-fil-A is offering free dessert to diners that complete their "cellphone coop" challenge. Credit: AP

Turns out a coop holds more than chickens. At Chick-fil-A, they’re for holding cellphones during dinner.

For now, the cellphone coop is only available at select Chick-fil-A locations. But following a blog post about them on the corporate website on Tuesday, hundreds of locations are asking for them, including the only branch on Long Island.

Here’s how the cellphone coop works. Printed like it’s a cage made of chicken wire, a small box sits on each table in the restaurant. On its side reads a set of instructions: Turn phones to silent and drop them in the box. Enjoy your meal. Should you make it through dinner without fetching phones, tell a manager to earn a free dessert.

The cellphone coop started in January with Georgia franchise owner Brad Williams. “. . . Technology increasingly demands more of our time and can be a big distraction, even while we’re eating,” he said in the blog. “This got me thinking about what we could do to reduce this distraction during meals.”

Will the coops make their way to the Port Jefferson Chick-fil-A?

“We are looking into it,” said owner Stan Abrahamsen. “We love it. It’s just a matter of logistics for our location.”

Chick-fil-A, 5184 Nesconset Hwy, Port Jefferson Station; 888-467-8084.

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