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Max's Eatery

Max’s Eatery, a small 2,800-square-foot restaurant with a seating capacity of 128, moved to a new location in Lancaster, PA. Find out how we were able to solve noise issues in the retro space and help improve the dining experience.

The challenge

The old-school diner design had a contemporary twist and left customers with ringing ears and lost conversations. The hard surfaces and open ceiling made for a loud and distracting dining experience. In addition, the obstructions in the ceiling meant that traditional drop ceilings or other acoustical treatments weren't going to work.

The solution

To maintain their aesthetic,1,200 square feet of LYRA PB Direct-Apply ceiling panels from Armstrong Ceiling Solutions were installed. When applied directly to a ceiling, the panels have a Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) of 0.80, meaning they absorb 80% of the sound that strikes them. The panels were applied directly to the existing ceiling using an approved adhesive and installation took place in less than a day - the restaurant never had to close!

On-site acoustical testing confirmed the improvement. Prior to the panels, reverberation time in the space was 1.3 seconds. Following installation of the panels, it decreased to 0.8 seconds – a significant acoustical reduction of nearly 40%. This reduction in reverberation time resulted in a reduction of overall noise levels.

"

There was a whole new ‘feel’ to the space. No longer are the servers or diners overwhelmed by noise. The panels turned out to be a quick, easy, and efficient way to absorb sound without having to make any major changes."

- Max Titter, Shop Owner

"

There was a whole new ‘feel’ to the space. No longer are the servers or diners overwhelmed by noise. The panels turned out to be a quick, easy, and efficient way to absorb sound without having to make any major changes."

- Max Titter, Shop Owner

"

There was a whole new ‘feel’ to the space. No longer are the servers or diners overwhelmed by noise. The panels turned out to be a quick, easy, and efficient way to absorb sound without having to make any major changes."

- Max Titter, Shop Owner

The results

90

Number of 2' x 4' panels installed

40%

Acoustical reduction in the reverberation time

Zero

Days restaurant had to be closed for the job

90

Number of 3' x 4' panels installed

40%

Acoustical reduction in the reverberation time

Zero

Days the restaurant had to be closed for the job

Max's Eatery product highlight

LYRA PB Direct Apply

LYRA PB Direct Apply ceiling panels provide sustainable and acoustical options for a wide variety of applications.

Max's Eatery product highlight

LYRA PB Direct Apply

LYRA PB Direct Apply ceiling panels provide sustainable and acoustical options for a wide variety of applications.

Max's Eatery product highlight

LYRA PB Direct Apply

LYRA PB Direct Apply ceiling panels provide sustainable and acoustical options for a wide variety of applications.

Easy to use website

Kanopi by Armstrong World Industries provides a simple, online platform where you can shop by style, size, room, or item #. Tap into a plethora of tools and resources to find the perfect match for stained or damaged tiles or plan out a whole new space.

  • Use Kanopi's calculators to help estimate materials needed and plan your budget
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  • Chat with real people at Kanopi for any questions you may have
  • Use Kanopi's calculators to help estimate materials needed and plan your budget
  • Compare tiles by performance and cost
  • Browse options for commercial and residential spaces
  • Chat with real people at Kanopi for any questions you may have

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