Proper Etiquette for Playing Background Music in a Restaurant
As a DJ who is used to loud music, you would think I'd be fine with it everywhere I go.
I'm not one to complain about something like this, but I need to get it off my chest. If you've ever been out to eat at a restaurant and the music was too loud, then this one is for you.
For all restaurant owners and managers out there, please listen closely and understand that I'm not trying to complain, but rather give some advice when it comes to music at your restaurant. Whether you choose to listen or take the advice is completely up to you, but I can assure you that this is something on a lot of people's minds.
The other night I was out to eat with the family at a very prestigious restaurant that has quite the name for itself. The food is outstanding and the outdoor seating is comfortable with a spectacular view. That's all I'm going to mention when it comes to the specific location because I'm not just singling them out here for this issue.
From the moment we walked into the facility, we noticed that the music sounded a bit loud, especially for background music. It was definitely "easy listening" music (i.e. Sam Smith, Jason Mraz, James Taylor), but the volume was very loud. It was difficult to hold a conversation and even to place our orders.
I didn't say anything in hopes that perhaps it was just the song itself, but the volume remained the same throughout our dinner, almost ruining the relaxation part of going out to eat.
All I ask is that "conversation music" is important when hosting your guests and should be monitored at all times. It's the difference between someone coming back again and being turned off from something as small as loud music.
The food was scrumptious and the time spent with family was priceless, but the music took a bit away from the enjoyment of both of those things. Apologies in advance if this offends anyone, it's not mocking or trashing any business, it's merely a suggestion. Know and understand the difference.