Durham coffee shop Cocoa Cinnamon turning off wifi on Friday and Saturday nights

The Geer Street Cocoa Cinnamon will shut off its public wifi after 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, hoping to create a more social vibe.File photo

If you were sitting in Cocoa Cinnamon’s original Geer Street cafe over the weekend, you may have noticed something different with the wifi. It wasn’t being wonky, it was just turned off.

From 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays until the 10:30 p.m. closing, the internet is no longer welcome, the hope being laptops will be closed and stowed and the conversations turned up.

I heart wine contestCocoa Cinnamon announced the new policy on Twitter Wednesday, saying they want the coffee shop to have a more social vibe on weekend nights.

“We want our shops to be incredibly inviting, and we work really hard to make sure we do that,” said Leon Grodski de Barrera in an interview. He co-owns Cocoa Cinnamon with his wife, Areli.

“The question is, what are coffee shops for? They were supposed to be places for open discourse.”

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