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Why Do Acoustics Matter in Restaurants?

Good food, great service and a wonderful atmosphere contribute to a stellar dining experience. When customers dine in a restaurant, they want the full experience. If one thing does not seem right, it can affect their enjoyment.

We rarely talk about acoustics when it comes to restaurants, but it is an important factor that contributes to diners' experience. According to a survey by food and restaurant authority Zagat, noise levels were the second most common restaurant complaint next to poor service.

However, restaurant acoustics is more than just not being able to hear your friends over other patrons chattering. Studies suggest that sound can affect the way people enjoy food and even the way restaurant staff do their job.

Sound Affects Food Flavour and Perception

There have been several studies and experiments that dealt with varying food experiences people had when exposed to different kinds of sounds. One experiment displayed how dark chocolate can taste sweeter or bitter while listening to high or low-pitched sounds.

In a restaurant setting, background noise can affect people's enjoyment of food. Studies suggest that pleasant background noise allowed people to enjoy their food more. White noise, on the other hand, made food dull and bland.  Studies also found that a combination of background noise and loud music weakened people's alcohol tolerance and made them cranky.

Noise Can Disrupt Restaurant Operations

Customers aren't the only victims of poor restaurant acoustics. A loud and disruptive restaurant ambience can be counterproductive to restaurant operations.

Because of loud noise, miscommunication can happen among waiters, chefs and other personnel. Occupational health authorities even reported cases of hearing loss among restaurant employees.

Remember that exposure to anything above 85 decibels can be grounds for noise-induced hearing loss. Unfortunately, figures show that restaurant noise hovers around 100 decibels.

Improving Restaurant Acoustics with Supawood Acoustic SoundPanels

Improving restaurant acoustics not only creates a great dining experience for patrons but also boosts the efficiency and productivity of employees. Once noise reduction is achieved, patrons are happy and employees are protected from dangerous noise levels at work.

A market leader in architectural linings, Supawood offers our own brand of acoustic sound panels, including Supacoustic – a large and versatile range of Australian and British made panel systems – as well as other acoustic panels.

Our product range contains noise control kits, panel lining kits and custom Supacoustic panels  that can address noise reverberation issues in different establishments. Our panels also come in fire retardant versions and can be supplied to meet Green Star requirements. We have both premium and cost-effective options that can fit any budget.

These acoustic wall and ceiling panels can be retrofitted over existing surfaces or customised to bespoke project requirements. Supawood has an impressive portfolio and has experience in working with various restaurants and dining establishments across Australia including Food XChange in Caringbah and The Oaks Hotel in Neutral Bay.

Call us on 1800 002 123 to learn more about Supacoustic and our other acoustic panel products. We also have downloadable resources containing in-depth information for your perusal. Contact us today for any enquiries. We will be more than happy to talk to you.

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