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by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition
In this wide-ranging column, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni, who used to be the TImes’ restaurant critic, discusses how what one looks for in a restaurant changes with age. One of the things he wants now in a restaurant is one quiet enough so he can converse with his dining partners.
Successive Zagat surveys show that restaurant noise is a major complaint, and not just for older patrons. Bruni also points out that old diners are the ones with the resources to dine out, and that we tend to patronize the restaurants we like again and again.
When will the restaurant owners realize that quieter restaurants are good for business?
Dr. Daniel Fink is a leading noise activist based in the Los Angeles area. He is the founding chair of The Quiet Coalition, an organization of science, health, and legal professionals concerned about the impacts of noise on health, environment, learning, productivity, and quality of life in America. Dr Fink also is the interim chair of Quiet Communities’ Health Advisory Council, and he served on the board of the American Tinnitus Association from 2015-2018.