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The Critics

NYT critic Pete Wells asks, "Can restaurant design be discriminatory?" Listing a bunch of things like "no-reservations policies, uncomfortable and often backless seats, communal tables," loud music, and dim lighting, Wells wonders if some restaurants are practicing "legal age discrimination" to keep the olds out. On the flip side, if restaurants serve $40+ entrees, pipe in quiet smooth jazz, and have a jackets-required policy — are they discriminating against young people? [DJ/NYT]