Associated Press headlines will greet diners alongside their checks at the Old Ebbitt Grill in Washington, D.C., a press release says.

"The idea is to see if news updates will serve as a customer amenity and leverage thousands of existing restaurant printers as a new worldwide printing press," says the release.

The service will strive to deliver "events that broke during the diner’s meal," an improvement over diners checking smartphones and not "contributing to table conversation and interaction."

Another potential benefit: If you go to dinner with a newshound -- and the sample Old Ebbitt bill on the press release appears to have been racked up by someone who really knows how to live -- they may pick up the bill.

Earlier this week, the AP announced a deal with Samsung to broadcast sponsored tweets through its account during the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show.