The Painted Burro

Somerville, MA
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The restaurant’s noise even made the paper! Not long after the popular watering hole, The Painted Burro, opened, owners realized they had overlooked one major detail – the acoustics. And everyone, including The Boston Globe, caught on quickly. While the food and décor were on point, patrons left after an evening of competing to be heard with a doggy bag and a new case of tinnitus. The guests’ competition included an open kitchen, storefront windows, communal tables, and a bar area that featured a concrete top, an oversized mirror and a menu chock-full of shaken and blended concoctions. While The Painted Burro took drastic measures to lower the volume in the eatery, including moving the entire bar, they also relied on New England Soundproofing for cost-effective soundproofing materials to supplement their structural changes. We lined the walls and ceiling with neutral-toned REVRB™ Acoustical Panels, on which a local artist painted vibrant Mesoamerican caricatures. The owners also opted to apply soundproofing materials to the underside of every chair for an inconspicuous additional boost to the sound mitigation. And the results? As Peggy Hernandez of The Boston Globe reports, “Customers have been raving about it since.”

Hernandez, Peggy. “For restaurant owners, striking the right noise level is key.” Boston Globe, 22 Apr 2014. Web.