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How Do You Feel About TVs in Restaurants?

Yesterday, Eater National broached the subject of televisions in restaurants: How many is too many? How big of a screen is too big? And are they acceptable at all?

Until now, I'd never given this question much thought. I'm honestly not a fan of televisions in restaurants — that is, with the exception of the tried-and-true sports bar and grill. How do you feel about them?

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WarEagleNurse WarEagleNurse 5 years
I'm a fan...
partysugar partysugar 5 years
If I'm there to watch a big game then yes I love TVs. Other than that I don't care.
danakscully64 danakscully64 5 years
I don't care for it. The restaurant is already busy typically, the tv just ads to the chaos. Then when a game is on, you have people yelling and more noise. As elramos said, it's a distraction.
elramos elramos 5 years
No. I hate when restaurants have TVs. My boyfriend always gets easily distracted, especially when it's turned to a game with his favorite team. You go out to eat with company, not watch a game. You can do that at a bar or at home.
juicebox07 juicebox07 5 years
I agree with #2 and #3 completely. If you're going to intentionally watch the game, that's fine. However, I hate sports, and it's definitely annoying when someone you're with starts shouting toward the tv. (Like #3 said)
MarlynB MarlynB 5 years
Thank you for not putting an apostrophe in "TVs".
Spectra Spectra 5 years
I kind of hate it when they have a TV with whatever sports game is on. With my family, it isn't a problem, but when we're out with my husband's family my brothers-in-law constantly interrupt the conversation with a "Go!!" or "C'mon, hit the ball!" or whatever. Which is slightly annoying.
medenginer medenginer 5 years
Not unless it's something that everyone could enjoy. I hate seeing every TV in the place tuned into sports no matter the restaurant.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 5 years
Unless it's a sports bar, lose the TV; but then that's not a restaurant is it - they do serve food though - I'm going with a big NO!
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