I love music. Everyone loves music. But restaurants should seriously consider turning their music down during lunch time. I can understand if you run a more rowdy place and loud music is part of your ambience. It’s easy to avoid those kinds of places if I’m trying to have a conversation with someone. But I’ve been noticing that almost everywhere I go for lunch appointments these days leave me exhausted and stressed from trying to talk over the blaring music. I literally don’t eat lunch at many of my favorite restaurants anymore for this purpose alone.
If you’re a restauranteur you’ve got to think about it logically. How often do you get people coming into your restaurant alone for lunch? Most people eat with friends or coworkers. Many others are meeting clients and trying to discuss important things. Most business meetings are done “over lunch” these days. But when both people are straining to hear the other person, it makes it hard to have any type of effective meeting. I’ve been talking to a lot of people about this lately and most will agree that the music has gotten way too loud in restaurants at lunch.
People aren’t looking to come and party at lunch time. They’re either looking to get something accomplished or their looking to relax from their already stressful work day. They don’t need more stress. They need a good meal and some peace. They need a place to talk, or a place to think. But not a place place that creates anxiety.
Maybe I’m strange, but I’ve gotten to the point in which I’ve started to make a mental notation of which restaurants music is too loud so that I don’t go there again. Maybe some of you party animals out there disagree but I’d be willing to bet there are quite a few business people out there that feel the same way and it’s effecting those businesses bottom lines.