February 25, 2017 at 11:42 pm #875469
It seems like the volume of background music in more and more restaurants is getting louder. It’s really hard to have conversations. I really like the food at Matador, for example, but can’t hear my friends. We turned around and left the new Chinese restaurant on California, which was even louder. Those are just two examples. I go to restaurants to be with other people. Don’t you? What gives?February 27, 2017 at 6:45 am #875541
I don’t know about the two examples you mentioned, but do think you have a point. The dishwasher should not be making music choices for the restaurant.
Unfortunately, things seem to be getting louder everywhere. Too many people who can’t stand to be alone with their own thoughts. Maybe it ‘s because they don’t have any…February 27, 2017 at 8:43 am #875554
If you mean the New Luck Toy as the new Chinese place, no, it’s not just you! That place is SO loud. The food was ok the time we went there, but I wouldn’t go back because it was impossible to hear each other talk at all. And Matador is bad too. Not everywhere is like this, but it does seem to be a trend.February 27, 2017 at 9:57 am #875560
They serve food but those places are bars, which usually have loud music. I haven’t noticed loud music in actual restaurants.February 28, 2017 at 8:09 am #875701
Matador is not a bar is it? And yes, even restaurants have loud music, which makes the customers have to talk louder.
I have stopped going to these places, as my partner and I like to have a conversation over dinner.
But it seems to be spreading.March 9, 2017 at 9:31 am #876633
Yeah, I always assumed they were bars too. We can’t go with some of my extended family because the kids can’t get in (21+).March 9, 2017 at 7:26 pm #876697March 10, 2017 at 5:51 am #876718
I don’t know if I want to listen to a 10 minute death metal guitar solo or somebody’s phone conversation trying to improve the synergies available to his clients.
In some venues (museums usually) I used to play, the db’s were limited by… the Fire Alarm. Yep, ya gotta hear the Fire Alarm go off. OK, good reason.March 10, 2017 at 5:59 am #876719
Maybe it’s because people don’t have conversations over dinner any more. They each sit staring at their phones.March 13, 2017 at 3:39 pm #877015
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New Luck Toy will be loud. They’ve said all along that it’s a bar that serves food vs. being a restaurant.
The Matador morphs into a bar during the evenings so if you’re there past 7:00 pm I’d expect it to be loud.March 13, 2017 at 10:13 pm #877042
Er, I’m just wondering how many of you are under, say, 40? I mean, it seems to me that restaurants have gotten louder in the last 5 years or so, but I’m going to hazard a guess that it’s my hearing. And yours.March 14, 2017 at 8:33 am #877065
Melissa.. my hearing has declined while my annoyance at the noise in restaurants has increased. Some of them are so loud they are literally migraine inducing.March 14, 2017 at 9:31 am #877067
I’m over 40 and have an auditory processing issue, so background noise can be very distracting/painful. (have had this forever before I knew it had a name) I have had problems with even quiet music in restaurants so I think I would notice if it were common here in West Seattle. It’s not, imo. I grew up in California where it seemed to be more common and annoying.
What is a problem are certain types of people that talk loud in high pitches.March 14, 2017 at 2:04 pm #877100
Over 50 here, sigh. Now can we talk about how dark it always seems to be in restaurants? #curmudgeon ;)March 14, 2017 at 2:55 pm #877106
I’m entirely in agreement, PangolinPie. Loud and dark, I tell ya! And while we’re at it, too cold in the summer and too hot in the winter. Seriously, though, the older I get, the louder and darker restaurants become. I don’t think it’s a coincidence.March 15, 2017 at 5:58 am #877150
I agree that it’s not a coincidence that you can’t read the bill, even with that fake candle. Then, the iPhones come out to a “ray of sunshine”. Suddenly, it looks like the press at a murder scene. Now there’s a mood enhancer.
It does help you develop the skill of nodding in agreement when you have absolutely no idea what your partner is saying. :-]March 15, 2017 at 6:47 am #877151March 15, 2017 at 8:35 am #877162
they make hearing aids for that..
unfortunately.. hearing aids also amplify the background noise :(
the upside.. the noise and darkness has inspired more of us to become better cooks…
if i can do it better at home …….
or better yet.. if i can convince hubby to cook.. and to clean as he goes along….
who needs to pay big bucks for a meal out that i don’t enjoy?
March 15, 2017 at 10:27 am #877178
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In related news–have you seen all the kids on my lawn? I tell them to get off it every day, but they always come back! :D :D :D <–Those are laughing faces.March 17, 2017 at 6:46 pm #877411
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