February 19, 2015
MINNEAPOLIS - Have you been to a restaurant lately that was so loud you couldn't have a conversation? If it made you feel old, we've got some good news for you. That energetic environment is actually the new trend in dining out.
Does that mean you're never going to be able to enjoy a quiet meal? Not at all.
"The further you get from the energy sources - the bar over there, the cooking over there - you have that zone for people who want to go out for a nice quiet evening," says David Shea with Shea Design.
David is an expert in designing restaurants and is the man behind many of the high-profile eateries in town. He says research shows people want to eat in a place that feels energized but most restaurants are now designed with all kinds of customers in mind. He took us through two of his latest projects to show us exactly what he means. We toured Marin downtown and Spoon and Stable in the North Loop.
Marin has three very distinct zones. The dining area of the restaurant uses a lot of upholstery, banquets and curtains to absorb sound. There is even one whole wall covered in leather to help dampen sound. They actually found it to be too quiet and added a pizza oven to give the upstairs a little white noise. The bar area, however, has plenty of wood to give sound just a little more bounce and the library bar in the cellar has an even different vibe.