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How Restaurants Got So Loud

Fashionable minimalism replaced plush opulence. That’s a recipe for commotion.

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By Kate Wagner

Let me describe what I hear as I sit in a coffee shop writing this article. It’s late morning on a Saturday, between the breakfast and lunch rushes. People talk in hushed voices at tables. The staff make pithy jokes amongst themselves, enjoying…

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