Restaurants exercise sound judgment

  • Article by: BILL WARD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 29, 2012 - 11:07 AM

Establishments are striving to have customers hear a buzz -- and one another.

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VulcanMar. 28, 12 9:18 PM

I've wondered how long it will take restaurants to *get* the fact that a lot of noise distracts from the dining experience rather than add to it. I've almost stopped eating out because I'm tired of having to scream at my companions to be heard; could we please return to some softer furnishings to absorb the din and clatter of "buzz"? Please!

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beegusMar. 29, 12 8:42 AM

People should understand that restaurants want to have a "cool vibe" and that means they don't want older--50 and over-- people there because it drives the younger people away. So they keep the noise level up so that older people can't hear over it and stay away.

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beegusMar. 29, 12 9:11 AM

People should understand that restaurants want to have a "cool vibe" and that means they don't want older--50 and over-- people there because it drives the younger people away. So they keep the noise level up so that older people can't hear over it and stay away.

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sasommerMar. 29, 1211:16 AM

The worst place for noise I've ever eaten in was the Blue Door Pub in St. Paul. It is a tiny space and when I went at 9pm for a late dinner they had the sound system on full blast. I couldn't hear MYSELF talk much less my table mates.

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StarquestMar. 29, 1211:17 AM

Missing from the article is that a lot of restaurants are loud on purpose. That gets you in and out quickly, freeing the table for another paying customer. I avoid those restaurants.

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no1caresMar. 29, 1212:19 PM

We were at the Blue Door last summer on a hot and muggy evening. We had to sit outside because the inside was packed and the wait list was long and I wasn't overly happy about that. As we were sitting there eating, the people that came out after there meal said it cooler outside than in (and quieter). Really, its "cool" to be loud & obnoxious? If that is the case, you can keep your pretentious little eateries.

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drphun11Mar. 29, 12 1:19 PM

Restraunt should remember you don't need music. Hip music at that. You go out with a date or a group of people and you cannot hear eacher with out shouting. YUCK!!! Get it together and turn off or down the music. I want to hear the people I'm out with.

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mktagrrlMar. 29, 12 1:26 PM

LOVE Tavern on France (food, service, value). HATE how loud it is. Hopefully they've made the mentioned improvements since I was there last. I realize all restaurants probably prefer a young, hip crowd, but in Edina, you would be wise to also cater to an older (wealthier) demographic.

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tmichaeloreMar. 29, 12 2:06 PM

The worst chain for this is Jimmy Johns. The place is so LOUD you have trouble having a decent conversation even if the place is empty. Its to the point where I avoid them all together now because it sounds like a teenage band rocking out in the basement. No thanks.

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godiveMar. 29, 12 2:08 PM

Mr. Ansari, you need to visit your Tavern on France. Just had lunch today and could not hear other members at my table. Otherwise was a great experience

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