Question: why do people need giant TVs in restaurants that are NOT known for being a fratty hang outs or sports bars? Case in point: Fraîche.
I strongly liked but didn't love my meal there earlier this year. Last night Morgan and I enjoyed the post-theater drinks and treats (delicious oysters, gianduia semifreddo) at the copper bar better than the aforementioned full-blown dinner. But I would have liked sitting at the bar even more if they shut off the TV and took that damn flat screen down.
One's eyes are inevitably drawn towards the flickering images above, regardless of interest in the subject matter. Why any chef or owner of a restaurant that takes cooking, ingredients, and food reputation seriously would want a ginormous TV to attract attention away from the kitchen, the plates in front of them, and eye contact with their fellow dining mates doesn't make much sense.
But if someplace good wants to violate this rule for Election Night, that's a different story.