We want every loyal guest’s experience to be exceptional each time they walk in our doors, so we’re constantly looking for ways to evolve. As noise is a major distraction for people of all ages when they go out to dine, Corner Kitchen is committed to improving the acoustics in our restaurant.
From the Mountain Xpress article:
Asheville’s busy restaurant scene may be best known for its hip decor, farm-to-table ingredients and carefully crafted cocktails, but when Hendersonville retiree Doris Galloway wants to meet friends or family for dinner, she has another top priority: a quiet ambiance.
Galloway, whose hearing in her right ear was impaired by a surgical procedure when she was a young adult, says the growing number of loud restaurants and other gathering places make socializing a challenge for her.
“There are times when I just don’t go into certain situations because I know that it’s hard to figure out what people are saying,” she explains. “If it’s a one-on-one conversation and there’s a lot of other noise, sometimes it’s just impossible.”
Galloway is not alone. A 2016 study by Consumer Reports found excessive noise levels to be the No. 1 complaint about restaurants, beating out such obvious contenders as poor service and even unsanitary conditions.
“You can’t eliminate the problem, for sure — it’s just a noisy situation, no matter what you do,” she concedes. “But it doesn’t make any sense to me when a restaurant or someone comes in and spends an enormous amount of time and financial resources and they don’t pay attention to that particular issue, which seems to be the case nowadays.”