In a previous thread I was lamenting on how the audio tracks in movies have gotten way too loud, mainly due to the full-blast background music.
This morning I read this article on how the minimalist trends in decor have made some restaurants unbearably loud. I wholeheartedly agree.
The loudest restaurant I have ever been to was a Buffalo Wild Wings in Springfield, OH. The place was packed, and a dozen TVs were on. Zero sound absorption on the walls and ceiling. I am not exaggerating when I say you could not have a conversation with the person sitting directing in front of you. We quickly ate then left. Haven’t been back since.