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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   ( ) divider line
    More: Obvious, David Chang, wall of sound, snowball effect, restaurants, Mario Batali  
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3734 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 10:40:09 PM  
3 votes:
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."
2013-07-14 10:12:48 PM  
2 votes:
Perfect for when you have a date that likes nice places but won't shut up about that biatch-at-work Carol.
2013-07-14 10:03:04 PM  
2 votes:
I can't hear you over the sound of the screaming baby
2013-07-15 09:46:05 AM  
1 vote:
quatchi: Wait restaurants are actually getting louder? I thought I was just getting older and grumpier.

Someone once told me that it is done deliberately to make the old people quick turns and free up tables for the young hipsters.
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 10:52:35 PM  
1 vote:

BarkingUnicorn: Just announce every half hour, "The vuvuzela quartet will serenade you in five minutes."  But let me eat in peace, ffs!

2013-07-14 10:07:39 PM  
1 vote:

Smeggy Smurf: I can't hear you over the sound of the screaming baby

2013-07-14 09:22:40 PM  
1 vote:
Wait restaurants are actually getting louder? I thought I was just getting older and grumpier.
2013-07-14 07:04:14 PM  
1 vote:
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