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Hollywood restaurant is replacing some of its standard tables with tall tables and stool's. The restaurant already fills every available seat duringits operating hours, and the change in seating arrangements will not result in increase in the restaurant's seating capacity. Nonetheless, the restaurant's management expects revenue to increase as a result of the seating change without any concurrent change in menu, prices, or operating hours.

Which of the following, if true, provides the best reason for the expectation?


One of the taller tables takes up less floor space than one of the standard tables


Diners seated on stools typically do not linger over dinner as long as diners seated at standard tables.


Since the restaurant will replace only some of its standard tables, it can continue to accommodate customers who do not care for the taller tables.


Few diners are likely to avoid the restaurant because of the new seating arrangement.


The standard tables being replaced by tall tables would otherwise have to be replaced with new standard tables at a greater expense.

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Option(B) is correct

Option A : This would be relevant if we could infer from it that seating capacity will increase. However, the passage indicates that the new seating arrangement will not result in greater capacity.

Option B : Correct. Because the restaurant will be able to serve more meals during its operating hours, the restaurant's revenue can be expected to increase.

Option C : This may indicate that therestaurant is less likely to alienate customers who do notcare for tall tables and stools, but that only supports the claim that the restaurant will not lose customers and therefore lose revenue; it does not indicate that the restaurant will see revenue increase.

Option D : Again, this merely indicates that there will not be a loss—or much loss—of revenue, not that there will be an increase in revenue.

Option E : Less expensive tables will decrease the restaurant's costs, but itwill not increase the restaurant's revenue.

The correct answer is B.

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