To take customer orders, prepare the food, and serve the food.
Your coworker is a few minutes late for work. Your coworker is on a bathroom break. Your coworker is on their 30 minute meal break. In some cases on some shifts in some stores, certain employees who have confidence in their skills, have agreed to work entire shift alone, rather than to see the store close for that shift.
You may close some tables using the table closed signs so people are seated in a manageable area. This can also be achieved by simply directing customers to certain seats.
Communication is key so you can handle multiple customers and orders. Continually inform customers where you're at. Examples:
Enter orders into the POS system just like if there are two of you, do
not just make food and then enter it.
You may get payment up front if you like. Explain "I'm working alone right now, my coworker stepped away for a moment, so would you mind if I go ahead and collect now?"
If you work alone for an entire shift, it will be unrealistic to take a full 30 minute meal break. So during the break window, order your meal on the POS system first, then make the food, then sit at a stool close to the action to eat your food. Under no circumstances can you take the food home with you at the end of the shift.
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