Stone Park Brunch -- too loud for anyone else?
I love the Stone Park brunch. The bluefish cakes with celeri-caper sauce are about as yummy as you can get, and the fried oysters are cooked oyster perfection, greaseless. And my kids are always happy with the food, which means I get to eat. But yesterday the music was so loud -- HAMMERING --- that we had to shout to be heard across the table. Several requests to management produced an imperceptible volume adjustment. I left hoarse -- and with a headache.
When I spoke, politely but emphatically, to the manager on duty about the volume level (which seems to get ratcheted up each time I go) he basically shrugged and said, "we're known for our rock and roll brunch." Is this true? Is everyone else happy with the noise level there? Because unless things change, I'll not be going back, despite the siren call of bluefish....
Ha ha - that quote from the manager is classic. Unfortunately it's true; the place has a much different, quieter vibe during non-brunch hours. Sometimes the volume bothers me too - other times it's more the kind of music they play that annoys (grunge/alternative rock typically). I think the sound level varies between different spots in the restaurant, so there is the strategy of switching tables, though that wouldn't be an easy thing to do at their usually jam-packed brunch.