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The Great Data-Driven Restaurant Makeover

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Feb 24, 2020
The Great Data-Driven Restaurant Makeover

The owner of New York's Adda Indian Canteen has one table in his restaurant that's underperforming the others. And in a business with razor-thin margins, that's a real problem. In this special collaboration with Sally Helm and NPR's Planet Money, we enlist the help of a tape measure-wielding professor to try to turn the loser table into a winner. It turns out that how a restaurant treats its real estate is more important than how it cooks its food.

Here's what the troublesome area looked like after the renovation:

But what did this do to Adda's bottom line? Listen to find out!

Interstitial music in this episode by Black Label Music:

  • "Talk to Me Now (Instrumental)" by Agasthi Jayatilaka
  • "Private Detective" by Black Label Productions
  • "Morning Blues" by JT Bates
  • "Stacks" by Afrokeys

Photos courtesy of Emma Morgenstern and Dan Pashman.

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