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(Grub Street)   Why restaurants are louder than ever. For the benefit of the hard-of-hearing Farkers, here is the headline again: WHY RESTAURANTS ARE LOUDER THAN EVER   (grubstreet.com ) divider line
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3733 clicks; posted to Business » on 14 Jul 2013 at 10:00 PM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-07-14 08:22:32 PM  
4 votes:
is it because people in general are more rude, self absorbed, yapping on cell phones and overall discourteous asshattery?

DNRTFA

/half deaf but courteous, occasionally loud
2013-07-14 10:38:31 PM  
3 votes:
This isn't really new in some ways.  It's a psychological parlor trick: Noisy, dark restaurants are supposed to make people want to leave sooner, thus freeing up table space.

Of course, with people being such self-absorbed yappers these days, oblivious to nearly everything but the sound of their own voices, maybe it no longer has that effect.

/shrug
2013-07-15 10:01:13 AM  
2 votes:

foo monkey: IT'S BECAUSE RESTAURANTS BLAST MUSIC LIKE THEY'RE A GOD-DAMNED RAVE.  TURN OFF THE farkING MUSIC.  LET US EAT AND TALK.

I ate lunch last week at a higher-end Italian place.  Party of eight.  Went in for a late lunch (2PM). We were the only table seated.  They had the music so loud we couldn't hear each other across the table.  Music is not ambiance.  It's noise.


Did you ask them to turn it down?
2013-07-14 09:22:40 PM  
2 votes:
Wait restaurants are actually getting louder? I thought I was just getting older and grumpier.
2013-07-15 01:49:10 AM  
1 vote:
i.imgur.com
2013-07-15 01:26:04 AM  
1 vote:
I hate noise when I dine, but I hate TV sets on every wall more.  I won't eat at places with TVs, half of them are always tuned to FOX.
2013-07-14 11:44:12 PM  
1 vote:

PleaseHamletDon'tHurtEm: This isn't really new in some ways.  It's a psychological parlor trick: Noisy, dark restaurants are supposed to make people want to leave sooner, thus freeing up table space.


Its not the only formula, but its definitely one. There is a reason that mcdonalds/wendys etc all have a red/yellow color scheme with plastic seating that is just ever so slightly slanted forward.
2013-07-14 10:52:37 PM  
1 vote:
Just got back from eating at Black Angus Steakhouse... We had a nice little booth in the corner, with high sides around it (about 5.5 feet or so) that seated the 7 of us comfortably. When we entered the restaurant, the place was barely 1/3 full of people (still early for dinner), and we sat down had our dinner, had some conversation, then about an hour later we went out to leave. The restaurant was now full of people, all talking and eating, and you could barely hear it from where we were.

Contrast that to the handful of times we've gone to Olive Garden. Our table was in the middle of a room, surrounded by other tables less than 4 feet away, with every single word (and child's screech or adult's braying laugh) layering on top of each other to form a blanket of sound which covered the entire room. Even sitting next to each other, we had to shout to have a conversation.

I know which one gets my business more often. Besides, I'll take rare tenderloin steak and a loaded baked potato over gummy pasta and over cooked chicken parm any day of the week.
2013-07-14 10:40:28 PM  
1 vote:

quatchi: Wait restaurants are actually getting louder? I thought I was just getting older and grumpier.


Why not both?

/it is for my case anyway
2013-07-14 10:40:09 PM  
1 vote:
Sushi bars are still relative temples of quiet

While eating sushi, I like to talk in haiku. Really sets the mood.

/"The service was good. Some fried ice cream for desert, then I'll take the check."
 
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