I love Locals. The food is excellent, service great. You can add 'ditto' from me to all the accolades. However.....I have had lunch twice in the restaurant, once downstairs and once upstairs. And the noise level from the happy customers made it very difficult to hear my own friends speak. My companions and I talked about this yesterday and they concurred. We had to lean in to hear each other. We are all familiar with eating at the original Old House and we do not recall sound ever being an issue. We are curious as to why it is now. Have other diners experienced the same? I would be very reluctant to take an elderly person there because the loud chatter is a distraction.