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Restaurants & Commercial AV Solutions

Audio Video Design for Restaurants & Commercial Spaces

You may recognize Mario Batali from TV shows like Iron Chef America and The Chew, but he’s also a renowned restaurateur. Based on the success of his New York based James Beard award-winning and Michelin Guide star-approved restaurant, Babbo, he knew he wanted to expand to the Boston market.

Batali knew he needed the best commercial audio video and music system out there for this new restaurant, called Babbo Pizzeria. More importantly though, he knew he needed intelligent, reliable, and trustworthy partners who could lead him through the process.

After a few interviews with other local Boston A/V integrators and dealers, he looked no further than us, Systems Design & Integration.

When we first consulted with his management team, they knew they wanted pristine sound. With over 80 years of combined experience, we knew that Bose and Crown Audio by Harman would not only provide great sound quality to their patrons, but also exude the brand status that Babbo Pizzeria strives to promote.

We were able to come up with a system from Bose Professional that allowed all employees in the restaurant to control the volume level, on and off times, and the content mix for the audio. Bose Professional made an excellent choice because of the level of their sonic quality, wireless sound system management, and highly regarded reputation. Another reason why we choose Bose Professional was because they required a range of speaker sizes that would fill different needs throughout the restaurant.

Sometimes, though, staff will get busy with customers- after all, their job is not to be an A/V expert or DJ. That’s where Crown Audio by Harman came into play. Relying on the system itself to be smart enough to automate throughout the day and create subtle changes with nothing needed out of the staff was also something that Batali wanted to make sure was possible with his system. The backend operations of

a restaurant are crucial to success, and often employees are busy attending to other matters. Crown Audio makes it easy for Batali’s staff to control the system when they want to- and not have to worry about it when they’re busy with customers.

Like many of our clients, Sonos was a huge draw for the entire staff at Babbo Pizzeria. Sonos allows their employees to choose songs from their own collection or from popular music services like Pandora and Spotify. Their employees can also take charge of the restaurant sound system- when the music is too loud for the current environment, they can turn down the volume. In addition, they can also turn down the volume in one section of the room, while turning up the volume in another. Sonos is just as important for the staff as it is the patrons of the restaurant. The chefs and employees in the back often play different music than the station that's being played outside on the dining floor, and they frequently play no music at all since there's already so much noise being made while cooking and washing dishes.

Many other first class restaurants in the Boston and New England area have trusted us with the technology behind their world-class food. They include: by CHLOE in Seaport and Fenway, and Toscano in Beacon Hill and Cambridge.

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