Newmans, (so tempted to write, 'Hello, NEWMAN'
for Jerry Seinfeld fans),
anyway, when I ran a coffee house years ago, I discovered that music depended
upon the age of the crowd. Older people prefered a lighter, quieter sound while
the young could eat and drink over louder and more shardlike sounds. It really
depends on the audience the restaurant caters to.
Blues, jazz, and a James Taylor type of folk music are great for a fine dining
place that you said you were attending to. Sinatra, Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, and
others are good as well if your audience remember them. The customer likes feeling
familiar with the music as well as the food if eating is the purpose. There are so many
great musicians out there that go well with food and moods. Van Morrison, Dan Fogelberg,
Sting, etc... Fine dining connotes to me a softer sound.
And yes, the time of day or night is important on what music is picked, and how fast of
a customer turn-over you want. I may order more drinks and linger after a meal if the
conversation and music is good.
This is an interesting topic. Newman, please report back to us what you have done and