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Time-slot reservations crack the table turn code

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The likelihood of faster table turns is one reason restaurants are adopting tabletop tablet technology and smartphone payment systems at a rapid clip. But there is a no-tech way to produce the same result: fixed-time dining deadlines. That’s what roughly one in five full-service operators in Australia does now. In return for receiving a reservation in the most desirable time slots, customers must agree to vacate their table by a specific time.

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