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|Posted on Saturday, October 03, 2009 - 08:56 am: ||
Recently, we talked about the difficulty of designing a "self-service" restaurant more like a restaurant than a cafeteria or a buffet.
Here's an example of such an attempt:
This sounds very similar to a restaurant chain that I went to in Bremen Germany in the late 80s called Marche (operated by Movenpick). Turns out that Marche (sometimes called Le Marche) is still around (especially in Canada). I think that there is even one in NY state (and might be a few scattered throughout the States). The one in Boston had to close though.
Basically, it was a series of round stations with tray tracks all around them. Each station specialized in a certain type of cooking. One was the bread station, another held the salads and fruits. another had a saute chef in the middle, who handled things like fettuccini alfredo or pan fried meats, which were made to order. There was also a grill station and a dessert station. It was basically like a buffet arrangement blended with a cafeteria.
So, diners have another choice to avoid the dreaded tipping, but only if they live near a La Marche or find one in the travel destination. But don't expect buffet or cafeteria prices.