Business at the Diner's Reef dining outlet at MacDill (FL) Air Force Base has jumped from 500 to 800 diners a day, and soon could jump to more than 1,100, thanks to changes in rules about who can eat there, as well as changes to operating hours and the menu, reports the Air Force Times. The eatery had traditionally served only enlisted personnel, but beginning October 1, it opened its doors to officers and will soon also welcome civilians.
The expansion in the number of those eligible to eat there coincided with an expansion of operating hours and a menu upgrade under new dining services provider Aramark. It is part of an Air Force initiative to make dining venues more efficient and financially viable. MacDill is one of six USAF bases piloting the dining initiative.