Food & Drink

Unwelcome Trend

2014 Winner: Earsplitting noise in dining rooms

Almost every new restaurant in Boston now debuts with punishing noise levels. We understand the business justification for it: Quiet feels old and dead; liveliness equals good times! Plus, noise discourages table camping and enables more profit-driving table turns. But when your customers and staff go home hoarse after screaming all night, you’ve turned liveliness into hearing damage. Let’s agree to a healthier noise maximum—say, quieter than a leaf blower. WE SAID, QUIETER THAN A LEAF BLOWER!