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Bob’s Café, a busy restaurant, has decided to stop serving steak, which takes much longer to cook, and concentrate instead on poultry dishes. The management believes that this will allow servers to speed up customer turnover and therefore maximize profits by serving as many customers as possible at each meal.

The Bob’s Café management’s plan to speed up customer turnover would be most undermined by which of the following?
A. Chicken takes only half as long to cook as steak in most instances.
B. Chicken is less expensive than steak for Bob’s Café to purchase.
C. Chicken dishes can be sold for nearly as much as steak dishes.
D. The bistro next door to Bob’s Café will continue to serve steak.
E. Customers who order chicken tend to order dessert much more frequently than do customers who order steak.


I am not convinced with OA and OE, i will post the OA after some responses..
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Re: bob's cafe, Serving steak [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2012, 07:25
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Re: bob's cafe, Serving steak [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2012, 08:41
D. The bistro next door to Bob’s Café will continue to serve steak.

If the next door bistro will attract the steak customers and hence the profit and volume of Bob's cafe will decrease.
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Re: bob's cafe, Serving steak [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2012, 09:30
thevenus how did you answer the question when no question stem was provided?
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Re: bob's cafe, Serving steak [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2012, 09:43
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Re: bob's cafe, Serving steak [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2012, 10:01
I thought the correct answer choice is (C).

The conclusion of the argument = The management believes that this will allow servers to speed up customer turnover and therefore maximize profits by serving as many customers as possible at each meal.

Speed up is the keyword for me in this argument. Moreover, choice (C) states that the number of chicken dishes is nearly as much as steak dishes => the Bob's restaurant cannot serve more chicken dishes than steak dishes => cannot enlarge profits.

That is my reasoning. However, this is the stupid question because of very many ambiguous assumption.

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Re: bob's cafe, Serving steak [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2012, 10:07
Bob’s Café, a busy restaurant, has decided to stop serving steak, which takes much longer to cook

then how can (C) ? Which says that :

C. Chicken dishes can be sold for nearly as much as steak dishes.

No.of chicken sold = No. of steak sold (steak takes much longer time according to the premise)
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I go for E.
Stimulus=>Chicken lesser time to make hence customers will be served quickly and hence, more profits.

E=> Customers who order chicken also order Desserts. If desserts take a long time to make, the customers can't be served quickly and hence not much profit.
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Re: bob's cafe, Serving steak [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2012, 10:17
Source is Grockit... i think the question is not very clear & requires some assumptions.
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Re: bob's cafe, Serving steak [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2012, 10:19
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Bob’s Café, a busy restaurant, has decided to stop serving steak, which takes much longer to cook

then how can (C) ? Which says that :

C. Chicken dishes can be sold for nearly as much as steak dishes.

No.of chicken sold = No. of steak sold (steak takes much longer time according to the premise)



i think option C doesn't refer to the time taken, but that chicken can be sold at the same price as steak.

all the incorrect options can easily be eliminated as they support the restaurant's plans to sell chicken instead of steak.
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Re: bob's cafe, Serving steak [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2012, 10:23
E. Customers who order chicken tend to order dessert much more frequently than do customers who order steak.

Where is it mentioned that serving dessert takes more time and will make the customer wait?
Serving desert will attract more income for the restaurant , if the customers order steak place order for desert more often.
Strengthens the argument, so IMO (E) is not possible.
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Re: bob's cafe, Serving steak [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2012, 10:26
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Bob’s Café, a busy restaurant, has decided to stop serving steak, which takes much longer to cook

then how can (C) ? Which says that :

C. Chicken dishes can be sold for nearly as much as steak dishes.

No.of chicken sold = No. of steak sold (steak takes much longer time according to the premise)



i think option C doesn't refer to the time taken, but that chicken can be sold at the same price as steak.

all the incorrect options can easily be eliminated as they support the restaurant's plans to sell chicken instead of steak.


Yes, you are right !
But if chicken items served is more in number and are sold for more than steak then it is not going to weaken the argument.
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Re: bob's cafe, Serving steak [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2012, 10:27
I would go with D.
D weakens the management’s plan to maximize profit. All other strengthen the conclusion
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Re: bob's cafe, Serving steak [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2012, 11:53
Yea E.
Its about the turn over time. If they stay for dessert the turn over might even be greater
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Re: bob's cafe, Serving steak [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2012, 12:38
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Bob’s Café, a busy restaurant, has decided to stop serving steak, which takes much longer to cook, and concentrate instead on poultry dishes. The management believes that this will allow servers to speed up customer turnover and therefore maximize profits by serving as many customers as possible at each meal.

The Bob’s Café management’s plan to speed up customer turnover would be most undermined by which of the following?
A. Chicken takes only half as long to cook as steak in most instances.
B. Chicken is less expensive than steak for Bob’s Café to purchase.
C. Chicken dishes can be sold for nearly as much as steak dishes.
D. The bistro next door to Bob’s Café will continue to serve steak.
E. Customers who order chicken tend to order dessert much more frequently than do customers who order steak.


I am not convinced with OA and OE, i will post the OA after some responses..



here the question is: an high turnover of customers AND consequently high profits

A) time of cooking is not the point at issue
B) less expensive.......idem
C) Hold on
D) This for me can't be the answer because the fact that another restaurant serve steak do not weaken the argument
E) maybe we would have more profit in this way but we shouldn't have a turnover

C wins
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if your answer is (C) Chicken dishes can be sold for nearly as much as steak dishes,then;

Cost of chicken dish = cost of steak dish
no.of chicken dishes > no.of steak dishes served
Revenue (chicken dishes) > Revenue (steak dishes)

How will this undermine the argument ?
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Re: bob's cafe, Serving steak [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2012, 20:25
It should be D because all other strengthen the argument. If people prefer steak over chicken, the restaurant will go into loss
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Re: bob's cafe, Serving steak [#permalink] New post 18 Jul 2012, 22:19
My Answer is D but i'm 100% convinced with my answer because all the answers are convoluted.
Whats OA?
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Re: bob's cafe, Serving steak [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2012, 00:37
The cafe believes that if it concentrates on serving chickens, it can serve quickly and earn more profits.
In the choices, all of them except D support this point.

Hence D is the answer.
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I was deciding between D and E. I ultimately chose E because if people order chicken and also order dessert, then turnover in customers would not increase. If anything, the cooking of the steak compared to cooking chicken and customers also ordering dessert results in...the same number of customers at the resturant. It weakens the turnover argument.

Then I thought if chicken costs $15, and steak is $45, even if I order dessert (which is $10), my chicken + dessert = $25, versus my steak of $45. Using the same logic of same # customers above, then I wouldn't have increased profits either.

I feel that this answer best acknowledges both points of making less profits, and no change/decrease in customer turnover. But who knows! I'm not too sure about my answer!
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