The Sporkful

The Great Data-Driven Restaurant Makeover

February 24, 2020, 5:59 am • 29m

One table can make all the difference... The owner of New York'sAddaIndian 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. Get access to 500+ more Sporkful episodes and lots of other Stitcher goodness when you sign up for Stitcher Premium: (promo code: SPORKFUL). Transcript available at

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