Why has having a television mounted in the corner of practically every restaurant necessary nowadays?! Whatever happened to going "out to eat"?
Here's why I'm fussin':
Last night, I took the wife to Bob's Steak & Chophouse (Lemmon Ave.) for a nice, tasty, spendy steak dinner. I requested "quiet and romantic" on their online reservation form. So we get there, and they seat us on a 2-top in the back of the place between 2 flat screen TVs, both playing the Pitt/Panthers playoff game. What the!?! It was annoying and distracting. Not the fact that the television brightness and strobing effect made it hard to see the details of my wife's face, but the fact that 3 of the tables around us had football fanatic guys yelling in celebration of [the game] while I attempted to enjoy a $50 filet and have an audible conversation with my wife. I was truly shocked that the highly acclaimed Bob's, had sunk to the level of a sports bar. We might as well have gone to any food chain/sports restaurant for the same atmosphere. Needless to say, Bob's Steak and Chophouse has been lowered on my must-have list as last night was like a nightmare. I felt as though I should have been dining on pizza, nachos, peanuts, hot wings, cheesedog, and beer in a plastic cup, rather than a 16-oz. rare filet and a glass of Pinot.
There's a time and place for everything. I love watching TV, but not when I go out for fine dining. Televisions broadcasting sports, news, foodnetwork, E!, whatever -- don't deserve a place in the main dining area of an establishment where the average bill for two tops the $150 mark.
Have we really evolved into a society that is completely dependent on fine dining under the glow of broadcasted sports flat screens? I was shocked to see a highly-regarded establishment feature televisions in their main dining room!
Big ups to the high-end establishments that have resisted the sports bar aesthetic and offer diners an opportunity to leave the mundane world and all the vices of the "house" behind, thereby letting their patrons feel as though they are doing something special for a change. If television is [that] important for a segment of Bob's patrons, I'll be taking my business elsewhere.