Speaking up about noise

Boy, did I open up a clamorous can of worms. In my recent Sunday Dinner column in The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.), I complained about the increasing noise level at new restaurants. It was spurred by a visit my husband and I paid to a new place that sounded like a room full of jackhammers. I didn’t and won’t name it, because the point was not to call out one particular restaurant – it could have been one of many.

Well, I received tons of email from readers with the same complaint (not all as old as I am, by the way). Then, my friend Greg Cox, restaurant reviewer for the N&O, called. He had received a flood of reader comments about the column.

The result, as Greg explains today in his Chew On This column, is that he will add a “Noise level” line to his reviews with an estimate of the dining din. Noise level can vary over the course of an evening, and the judgment is somewhat subjective, but it will give readers some idea of what to expect. Read Greg’s column here, and my original Sunday Dinner here.


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