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Samantha Snyder Final Project Draft My original plan was to observe patrons coming and going while I was to be seated in the courtyard located between the restaurant Laughing Planet, the coffeehouse Soma, and the clothing store Cactus Flower. This area is located directly on a corner of Kirkwood Road in downtown Bloomington, at the heart of Indiana University. I wanted to sit outside at these picnic tables and observe the customers of these three places. Due to poor weather circumstances, on the day of my observation I was unable to sit outside. I chose to sit inside of Laughing Planet, thinking that this restaurant would have the most customers out of the three on this rainy day. Laughing Planet has a really casual atmosphere. Customers walk in, look at the menu clad in chalkboard-style writing, order their food, and wait for their name to be called. Employees here don’t have any type of uniform, so there aren’t really any cues to tell a server from a customer other than seeing them behind the counter or hearing them call your name when your food is ready. The restaurant is vegan and celiac friendly offering vegan cheese, sour cream, and gluten-free tortillas in their Mexican-style dishes. Most of the food that is available is organic, or as close to organic as they can get. Rather than serving food in paper or aluminum tins like other similar restaurants, Laughing Planet makes an attempt at being eco-friendly by serving their dishes in actual dishes that customers later bus themselves to a designated area to be cleaned, recycled, and reused. Laughing Planet is not your average Chipotle or Qdoba-like Mexican fast-food chain. This café is not a part of any franchise and has a certain type of home- y feel to it.
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I would definitely choose to describe the atmosphere of Laughing Planet to be bohemian, as well as the employees and the majority of its patrons. I observed that many, (but obviously not all) of the patrons seemed to be either loyal customers or friends with the employees. These people would come in to the restaurant, talk with the employees about mutual friends, mutual
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This note was uploaded on 02/12/2011 for the course CMCL-C 334 taught by Professor Lorihall during the Spring '11 term at Indiana.

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