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Unformatted text preview: 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. Having previously gone to Laughing Planet, I had accurate expectations of the clientele and staff. The general ethos of the dress code of Laughing Planet is the idea of defying conventional attire. The people who eat and work at Laughing Planet have a different belief system according to their style of dress and their choice to eat at this certain restaurant in particular. These people can be described as hipsters, or young, urban middle class adults and older teenagers with interests in non-mainstream fashion and culture. By dressing in the way that these hipsters do, they aim to communicate the fact that they have different ideals. 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 dont have any type of uniform, so there arent 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 food 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 caf is not a part of any franchise and has a certain type of home-y feel to itGood job talking about the ideology associated with the restaurant. Youll need to explain what you mean by this when you first introduce the term. Nice observation. Give us an example. What do you think this communicates? Does it demonstrate the values this community shares? Explain. Not an entirely accurate interpretation but youre on the right track....
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