Avoid the noise: dos and don’ts

Avoid the noise: dos and don’ts

Avoid the noise: dos and don’ts

October 8 2014

Richard Cornish wrote a article that looks at the do’s and don’ts of the dining industry, here are his tips:

Diners: Our acoustic experts offer tips for diners on how to avoid noise in restaurants.

■ Check reviews online at goodfood.com.au or use apps such as Yelp, which provides information on a restaurant’s noise levels. If the review mentions the words “lively”, “noisy” or “hubbub”, be prepared.

■ Bare walls, floors, tables and windows mean a noisy restaurant. Add people and it’s a reverberating noise box. Avoid if you want intimate conversation but enjoy if you like a rowdy night out.

■ Don’t sit near speakers, open kitchens or coffee grinders. Outdoor areas can have a lot of background noise, such as traffic and aircraft.

■ Don’t dine in the dark. Even people with perfect hearing read lips and facial features to some extent.

■ Consider old-fashioned establishments with carpet, curtains and tablecloths. Reconsider the local Cantonese restaurant.

■ Let the owners know if there’s a noise issue — it may be good for you and other patrons in the future.

■ Ask for a quiet table.

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Restaurateurs: Our experts’ tips for restaurateurs to keep the noise down.

■ Dampen and disperse sound using physical barriers and alcoves to break up the soundwaves’ path.

■ Use sound-absorbing wall linings and create feature walls that can also be turned into art.

■ Use sound-absorbing ceiling linings or create ceiling islands and/or baffles of sound-absorbing materials where ceilings are very high.

■ Use fabrics and other soft furnishings wherever possible.

■ Put rubber caps on chair legs and soft floor coverings on main walkways.

■ Turn down the music.

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Date: August 6, 2013

Richard Cornish 
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/good-food/food-news/din-and-dinner-are-our-restaurants-just-too-noisy-20130805-2r92e.html#ixzz2bLPR1jPz



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