For some reason I’ve just discovered this post. I like the contact idea while also having same concerns as nc-east (growing number of possible menu items).
I’ve used my site on iPad but not often enough for concerns of layout, yet.
1-it will only be an option. If it is enabled the old footer contacts are removed. Disable it and they return.
2-Try my personal site on your iPad to see why the number of menu items won’t be an issue.