Originally Posted by dblr
Bob, thanks for the update, boy are the buffet lines going to be LONG this year!!!!
We're working on several ideas to move the lines along. The baloney sandwiches and chips idea went away quickly. We looked at requiring everyone to step onto a scale with a large digital display as you approach the buffet, but when I tested it and the display said, "Only one person at a time, please" I got a little bit irritated. Finally, we thought about having Turbs and the crack security team check IDs for even and odd birthdates to eat on even and odd days, but realized that since some people are born later than the third or fourth day of the month, that might present too much of a challenge to train the ID checkers about "big numbers."
Seriously, we looked at multiple serving times or "shifts," but that messes up any entertainment, announcments, or other activities that we want to handle in the building. Multiple locations leave some people feeling as if they're at the kids' table at Thanksgiving and present even bigger logistic problems with entertainment and other events. We think we've come up with a solution that will help to move the line more quickly as well as deal with any weather situations we might have, such as rain or beating down sun.
It's important to realize, though, that we will not run out of food, and we're reconfiguring for considerably more seating space, so it's really not necessary to be there as soon as the doors open. If you show up at 6:00 or even 6:15 for a 5:30 meal, you are going to be fed and fed well.