The other day we were very excited to eat a new hole in the wall, one that been highly recommended here. We get there and there is a giant TV filling up half the space. Dh and I made accomodations, while poor 4yo was absolutely mesmerized the whole time and couldn't eat. It was about 10 x the size of her and was towering over her head. I think I also grossly overate (either that or the food was so good! Doowee in Sommerville MA) because the TV was so loud and right over me. Finally because 4yo wasn't eating and we were the only patrons, we asked if they could briefly turn off the TV. No problem.
Ok great, so why are there TVs everywhere, especially in ethnic restaurants that might be more of a sit down environment? I find this awful and terribly distracting for everyone involved. It also just seems to be getting worse.