Restaurant Websites in Restaurant Life Posted January 7, 2005 My guess is that restaurant owner misunderstand the purpose of a web site. They approach it with the mindset that they need to create an atmosphere reminiscent of the restaurant itself. For this reason you end up with music and animations that attempt to evoke the place.←it certainly depends on a person but i think many restaurateurs trust the designer to do the job and can be easily talked into crazy stuff - the designer may be young, a bit enthusiastic about showing off different skills, think they can charge more for extra features, etc. often, restaurant owners will hire a kid/friend/non-professional b/c it's cheaper. or they won't know how to stand up to the "creative" vision. this is mostly true of individual operators or people who are investors with other sources of income.there are tons of badly designed sites, usually b/c they are overdesigned in terms of graphics and elements, difficult to navigate, etc. i think we all agree that we want the basic info, menu, etc. with no flash or similarly annoying features/extras. when i worked at a restaurant a few years ago, i was put in charge of creating their website, which was built by the owner's son's friend - luckily he was pretty good and just starting out as a web designer (he's since turned it into a business). he had a sense of style of the place and was able to translate it into a website, not all designers can.but there is no denying that restaurant owners can have very strong opinions on what they want and the designer is ultimately hired to do a job and if that's what the client wants, more often than not, the client will get it.that said, i never have sound on when i websurf (unless i'm listening to something intentionally) b/c i find all sounds annoying -- i wasn't even AWARE that so many restaurant websites feature music. why don't more sites have an able/disable sound option on their homepage rather than sound automatically on?