Along with an increase of restaurants in the area, there’s an increase of noise at the restaurants. Noise levels are increasing and some restaurant-goers are complaining.
So how do some of East Passyunk Avenue’s restaurants deal with this noise problem?
When you’re at a restaurant, the first thing you think to do probably isn’t to pull out your phone and check the decibel level. But that’s what’s happening now that some restaurants are reaching levels that are too-loud-for-comfort.
The noise level at restaurants like Bing Bing Dim Sum apparently reach as high as 97 decibels, according to a review by Craig LaBan and other spots on the Avenue also reach pretty-high levels, especially during heavily-trafficked weekends.
The loud noise supposedly is meant to attract the younger crowd to these establishments, but how much noise is too much? Now that some restaurant-goers are starting to complain, some restaurants are trying to find solutions to tone down the noise.
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At Le Virtu in South Philadelphia, where the decibel-meter hit 91, it was a scramble. “We learned the hard way the discomfort our guests were experiencing,” said co-owner Francis Cretola. He got a skilled staffer to install acoustic panels.
Later, at Brigantessa, he hoped wood floors would quell the din. They didn’t. “As soon as we saved more money,” he said, “we had the same employee install larger, denser panels.”
So what’s your opinion on noise levels at restaurants? Is louder really better, or would you prefer a quieter restaurant setting?