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How Restaurants Got So Loud

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There's a very good article in The Guardian today about restaurant noise, including information about a sound-reporting app.

 

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To make restaurateurs appreciate the value of bringing sound levels down, the perception that noise equals “everybody’s having fun” needs challenging. “Noise doesn’t create the atmosphere,” Meloni insists. “The atmosphere is created by the waiters and the managers.”

 

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Gene Weingarten, writing in the Washington Post about online news stories and the accompanying readers' comments: "I basically like 'comments,' though they can seem a little jarring: spit-flecked rants that are appended to a product that at least tries for a measure of objectivity and dignity. It's as though when you order a sirloin steak, it comes with a side of maggots."

 

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    Nida Fazli, poet, 1938-2016 (translated, from the Urdu, by Anu Garg, wordsmith.org)

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@Alex  The comments make for some interesting reading.  Thanks for posting this.

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On 4/17/2019 at 8:41 AM, dcarch said:

I still think expensive rent, health department inspections in city environment require  highly packed seating and hard reflective surfaces for cleaning.

 

The health dept doesn't care if there are upholstered booths and carpet in the dining room as long as the kitchen is easily cleanable.

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I blame brainless consultants who apply their brainless formulae to every restaurant who  is clueless enough to hire them. Brainless consultants are a blot on business in the US. 

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Excellent article in this past Monday's Washington Post

 

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Under Title III of the Americans With Disabilities Act, restaurants — as places of public accommodation — must accommodate disabilities. But what if the disability is a hearing impairment, and the request is for a lower volume? On this issue, the law has largely remained silent.

 

Hard-of-hearing diners report a vast range of responses when they seek softer music or quieter seating. Sometimes the music is turned down or off, and sometimes it isn’t. Sometimes it is even turned up. Maybe the volume is declared unchangeable, set by corporate overseers. Or there’s no available seating far from the clattering kitchen, the droning ventilation, the hearty partyers.

 

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Gene Weingarten, writing in the Washington Post about online news stories and the accompanying readers' comments: "I basically like 'comments,' though they can seem a little jarring: spit-flecked rants that are appended to a product that at least tries for a measure of objectivity and dignity. It's as though when you order a sirloin steak, it comes with a side of maggots."

 

-The mosque is too far from home, so let's do this / Let's make a weeping child laugh.

    Nida Fazli, poet, 1938-2016 (translated, from the Urdu, by Anu Garg, wordsmith.org)

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On 11/29/2018 at 4:38 AM, liuzhou said:

"Morning tea' or 'yum cha' is particularly noisy. Retired people get together to drink tea, eat dim sum and have a good shout at each other.

 

 

This is true all over Florida too! Some of our retirees prefer not to wear hearing aids, and breakfast especially seems like a lively shouting match!

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12 hours ago, fondue said:

 

This is true all over Florida too! Some of our retirees prefer not to wear hearing aids, and breakfast especially seems like a lively shouting match!

I would take my mom out for breakfast at a local popular diner and sometimes we were seated near the bar (where single senior men would sit to eat so they didn't have to take up a table), I would have to remind the men during their arguments about the news of the day that there were ladies present and they needed to watch their language and volume. I think they were used to their single lives and would get so wrapped up in their conversations/arguments that civility seemed to fly out the window. ;)

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"The only questions that really matter are the ones you ask yourself."

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In the one dinner I got to go to during my abbreviated visit, @Alex, Mrs. Alex, @cyalexa and I went to Vicia, where the food was most excellent (and I had the best sorbet I've ever had in my life). But my enjoyment of the meal was hampered by the fact the restaurant was so loud. There are no soft surfaces to soak up sound, thus it was difficult to hold a conversation at the table, particularly for those of us who are somewhat hearing challenged.

 

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12 minutes ago, kayb said:

In the one dinner I got to go to during my abbreviated visit, @Alex, Mrs. Alex, @cyalexa and I went to Vicia, where the food was most excellent (and I had the best sorbet I've ever had in my life). But my enjoyment of the meal was hampered by the fact the restaurant was so loud. There are no soft surfaces to soak up sound, thus it was difficult to hold a conversation at the table, particularly for those of us who are somewhat hearing challenged.

 

 

You think that was loud? You should have been at Billie | Jean the previous night with Ms. Alex and me. Vicia was a library compared to that. Neither of us is hearing challenged (although this card graces our fridge), but a normal conversation was next to impossible. But like Vicia, the food and service were excellent. 


Gene Weingarten, writing in the Washington Post about online news stories and the accompanying readers' comments: "I basically like 'comments,' though they can seem a little jarring: spit-flecked rants that are appended to a product that at least tries for a measure of objectivity and dignity. It's as though when you order a sirloin steak, it comes with a side of maggots."

 

-The mosque is too far from home, so let's do this / Let's make a weeping child laugh.

    Nida Fazli, poet, 1938-2016 (translated, from the Urdu, by Anu Garg, wordsmith.org)

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@Alex  Thanks for that link, I didn't know that place existed.  I'm going to order some cards from there.

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