If you work on the move a lot in Lagos, especially with a laptop, you must know by now that lots of fast food spots

Spur at Ikeja City Mall is productivity friendly

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If you work on the move a lot in Lagos, especially with a laptop, you must know by now that lots of fast food spots and restaurants in the city have a policy of not letting customers use a laptop on their premises. Unpack a laptop and someone will walk up to you with one of many versions of the line, “Management has instructed that this should not be allowed here.” Yes, in 2013. I have run into that sort of nonsense too many times. Of course, I have made it a point of duty to mark places that are progressive and that support their customers’ need for productivity.

If you need a bite and have work to do in the Ikeja area, Spur is a good place to head to. Not only are laptops allowed, power charging points are available. But there is a nice icing on the cake: FREE WiFi is available to customers! Yes; free. I had a meeting there recently and needed to get online for something urgently. As sometimes happens, the available GSM mobile connections were in a state of coma and I was quite frustrated. It suddenly occurred to me to ask, so I called up an attendant and asked her if there was a paid WiFi service that I could subscribe to there. She excused herself and returned with a voucher. No extra costs. No charges. In moments, I was online and able to get my task done quickly.

I was actually willing to pay for the service, but got it for free. It was a very pleasant surprise, to say the least. I have always rooted for public places to setup and maintain a hotspot for the use of their customers. It doesn’t have to be free. It could be a subsidised paid service, or a fully paid subscription. Whatever model is chosen, this is 2013, and productivity on the go should not be stifled, but encouraged.

I am not a fan of steak, but Spur has a wide variety of meals and edibles that are tasty. They make good chapman and milk shakes too, among others. Best of all, Spur agrees with you that you should be able to work on the go – and helps you do just that. This article is my thumbs up to establishments that put their hardworking customers first. Go grab a bite at Spur at Ikeja City Mall, Alausa! They are on the ground floor. In my opinion, an establishment like this deserves your money.

Do you know of any eateries, food spots and restaurants that encourage productivity, especially those that provide a WiFi hotspot, paid or free? Do tell us about them in the comments section.

5 comments

  1. That’s great. Rhapsody upstairs at same Ikeja City Mall also offers free WiFi connection.

    More businesses in Nigeria need to wake up to the fact that providing free Wi-Fi service for customers is a boost to continued patronage.

  2. It’s noteworthy that those same outfits that prohibit the use of laptops on their premises… allow tablets and mega_sized phones (like the Sting Galaxy Mega) !

    What’s the rationale behind this, when smartphones and tablets do practically the same thing.?

    A blanket ban like the laptop prohibition just demonstrates corporate ignorance, and it would be good for influential voiced to show them the light, like Mr Mo is doing here.

    I hope they eschew their technological darkness, and embrace illumination.

  3. Been to Spurs several times, wasn’t aware of the Wi-Fi. I especially love ’em because their attendants do not cast hateful glances your way if you spend several hours before and after eating. They should insist on a “No Smoking” rule inside their establishment and they would earn an 8/10 from me.

    PS: adore their ice-cream

  4. I guess the fear of the laptop-shy establishments is having their premises crowded with non-patronizing free/paid browsing folks, since their core business is not cyber cafe but food/pastries.
    Being able to balance this out in Nigeria is what these guys needs to find out.
    Personally, if i run such a business, i will allow lappy/wifi. This is 2013! the age of the internet, but charging is gonna be out of bounds. You will be surprised that a customer will harass your staff if he left his phone unattended and it gets missing.

  5. I am a great fan of that Spur I was there with my family and my kids were allocated a nanny to take care of their needs while my wife and I enjoy our meal. Games for kids is free. I was just checking the internet for free hotspot and I stumbled on this. I am on my way there right now

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