One of my pet peeve is a very noisy restaurant where I can’t even have a decent conversation with the members of my dining party. Noise reduction was addressed at Abbott’s Cellar in the Mission District in SF.
“To deal with the acoustics in the space, the designers put acoustical absorption where it is most useful—right at the dining tables, and used a version of a Helmholtz resonator—wood slats with gaps, with an insulation-filled wall cavity behind the slats. The result is an atmosphere where it is easy to talk quietly even when the restaurant is full, while at the same time hiding the absorptive material and using the wall as a design feature. The rough barn wood slats transition to smooth walnut boards at the banquettes and booths, delineating the furniture from the wall. ”
And another great feature, they used a lot of reclaimed & recycled materials. Bravo!
“The walls feature bricks reclaimed from the rubble of the 1906 earthquake. This resourceful reuse of bricks inspired the material choices—reclaimed barn wood siding and flooring, recycled denim insulation (for acoustical absorption), recycled steel, and recycled beer bottles as aggregate in the bottle-shaped sink.”