Things sure get hectic in the D.C. Diner. Here are a few tips to keep your restaurant in ship-shape.
Don't just stand there waiting for your cook to fill an order. Head back to the table and see if another customer has a new order. Every second you're standing still is a second wasted.
Stand in the right spot.
You can fill up drinks and bus dishes withough having to stand next to the soda fountains or the dish bin. But you do need to stand right in front of the chef in order to place a dinner order. Try filling up drinks from across the screen, or bussing dishes while you place multiple orders with the cook.
Choose your upgrades carefully.
The hostess is a big help, but you probably don't need her in the earlier stages, when only a few customers at a time can fit at the table. But fast drinks -- that'll shave seconds off your time from the start.
Take calculated risks.
Every customer will always order a drink first. Then they will order either the chicken or the burger. Knowing this, you can take some calculated risks. Keep an extra soda and root beer on your tray. Get the chef cooking a burger and a chicken before anybody has ordered their dinner. You might end up needing to dump something in the trash, but when these risks pay off, you'll save lots of time.
Hopefully some of these tips will help. What tricks have you found to keep the D.C. Diner running smoothly?