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Are Restaurants Getting Noisier?

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There's always a buzz when it comes to the culinary world. But lately, the buzz seems to be happening inside restaurants -- in the form of noise-- and it's getting louder.

Recently, the Los Angeles Times did an unscientific sound check of 12 restaurants and bars in the area and found many with a decibel level akin to sitting next to a running lawn mower. No wonder diners (as well as restaurant critics) are saying, "Turn it down!"

Do Valley chefs and restaurateurs agree? I asked a few and this is what they had to say:

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NO: Restaurants have gotten quieter, silent even, what with everyone texting each other instead of actually talking.

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Laura Hahnefeld
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