Noisy restaurants are a problem in Seattle. Not surprising, as it is nearly impossible to find a restaurant that isn’t impossibly loud anywhere in the U.S.
As restaurant noise rises, will diners take their money elsewhere? Dr. Daniel Fink says that is unlikely only because there are no quiet restaurants to go to.
Is background music a human rights violation? Quiet Scotland says yes, and they are working to convince bars, restaurants, and shops to shut it off!
Restaurants are louder than ever. There are design options and fixes, but Dr. Fink says things won’t really change until governments set noise standards for restaurants.
Why are restaurants so loud? Minimalist design and more casual dining are big factors, but restaurateurs know loud spaces encourage faster chewing and more drinking.
A fascinating study about restaurant noise shows that as background noise increases, the willingness to spend time and money in a restaurant decreases.