You Heard it Right -- Philly Restaurants are Louder

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That's not the Liberty Bell ringing in your ears. With Philadelphia's restaurant scene getting plenty of buzz, many local residents may find a series of busy nights almost unbearable. Long gone are the days of hushed whispers and fine china, where the clatter of dropping a fork was enough to garner guilty embarrassment. Restaurant owners now find acoustics a function of interior design and are eager to create an atmosphere of cheerful racket.

"A lot of the restaurateurs seem to think that young people want it to be loud and noisy, but that's not what anyone over 40 wants," Lynn Godmilow, who resides in Rittenhouse Square, said. She was speaking at a Friend in the City meeting, an active older adult group, in order to rally people with this shared peeve. There are few in the group frustrated enough to even have a decibel-reading app on their smartphones, ready to unleash when complaining to a manager.

"People have gravitated, over the last couple years, to spaces that have more exposed surfaces, harder surfaces and generally have more energy -- noise -- than their predecessors," restaurant interior specialist of SL Design Chris Sheffield said, which contributes to the noise levels in latest designs.

Operators, what are your views on this generational consumer complaint? What is the balance between keeping guests happy and are interior acoustic treatments priority on your list? Read More

Interior Design and Architecture for FOH and BOH

In this episode of Rock My Restaurant, brought to you by the Foodable Network, our hosts are taking us to Elements in Phoenix, where Bill gets a chance to meet the restaurant’s interior designer and architect Lynne Beyer (FOH) and her husband Richard Loope (BOH), respectively. Take a journey into Elements and dive into how the duo gave the restaurant a sleek makeover. Lynne gives restaurateurs advice on how to approach design for a new restaurant or concept, and Richard fills us in on a complete overhaul of the space’s kitchen to update design and enhance efficiency.

Restaurateur Bruce Carey on His Approach to Interior Design and Creating Ambience

Restaurateur Bruce Carey on His Approach to Interior Design and Creating Ambience

By Alisa Sloan, Foodable Contributor

Not sure if it’s common Portland knowledge, but Clarklewis is here thanks to Bruce Carey, who also brought us 23Hoyt, Saucebox, and Bluehour. He has created an elegant Small Kingdom with some of Portland’s most notable restaurants, and still takes the time every week to do the flowers before they take the chairs down.

I found him, early one morning, arranging flowers at Bluehour. He had trimmed down a mock orange tree, hauled the branches into the restaurant, and was plotting the reworking of yard debris into an installation of oversized vases. And since I had him all to myself, it was time to get the scoop on what inspired his design choices, and how he achieves that louche yet simplified drama in his interiors.

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