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17 Jul New Venue: The Business as Usual Bistro

Check out what Designer Alan Copeland has to say about the new venue, Business as Usual Bistro, he created for The Sims 3!  The Business as Usual Bistro will be available on The Sims 3 Store July 18th. 
Design is a lot like shopping on a budget.  You only get so many days of development in each department –Art, Audio, Engineering, etc. – to make something really special.  Having a Non Player Character (or NPC for short) work on a Store item was always something that was too big for that budget… until now.
Thanks to our talented Development Team I’m proud to introduce you to our newest The Sims 3 venue, The Business as Usual Bistro!
Info from SimGuruCopeland: So the mailbox is entirely my mistake. I set the lot type to residential to keep my Sim there while I took that screenshot.

When placing it in the world, I’ve found that setting the lot type to “Visitor’s Allowed” is the best bet. Lots of visitors and you can take your Sims there for your dates, lunches, etc.

Even with this lot type you’ll be able to set up the It’s Business Time Industrial Oven just the way you want, even if you don’t own the lot. You simply won’t make any money off that lot unless you own it.


The Business as Usual Bistro features the brand new It’s Business Time
Industrial Oven.


This is no ordinary stovetop!  While you can fix a quick meal here, the magic really happens when you Hire a Chef and Set Your Menu!  Setting your menu allows you to customize the type of dining experience you want for your bistro.  Do you only serve vegetarian meals or the best cheesesteaks in town?You decide!


When you Hire a Chef a townie will appear to come work that oven.  He or she will start prepping food in anticipation of that dinnertime rush.


You get to set what hours you want them to work and what level of Chef you want them to be— Line Cook, Sous Chef or Executive Chef.  Higher levels open up better quality food and more recipes but demand a higher salary. Decide you want to demote your chef or if you choose not to promote them after long enough and they just might quit!



You’ll also want to set up what the mark-up is going to be.  Higher quality food warrants a higher price tag but even that might not be enough to keep Frugal Sims happy.


Make sure you place plenty of menus around on tables and counters so you’re Sims can have a wonderful dining experience and the Chef will come out, take your Sims order and hurry to bring them their food!



Just one more day until the all-new Business as Usual Bistro venue is available on The Sims 3 Store! We had a great time making it and are looking forward to seeing how your Sims use it.
Happy Simming!
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Jovan Jovic

In my free time I listen to pop music, watch TV series and, of course, play The Sims! Interacting with Simmers, seeing their Stories and Creations and watching their Videos is my favorite thing! This game really helped me meet amazing people, and I'm looking forward to meeting more in the future!
  • Process Denied
    Posted at 20:26h, 17 July Reply

    I like the added info. He obviously saw the comments.

    • Jovan Jović
      Posted at 20:28h, 17 July Reply

      Thanks. I’m trying my best to add as more info about this set as possible.

  • GS
    Posted at 18:04h, 18 July Reply

    Thanks for this! I hope they keep releasing some things like this before TS4 comes out. And hopefully some more farm animals, too.

  • Caleb
    Posted at 00:20h, 26 July Reply

    is it possible for you NOT to own the restaurant, like, go there just for fun… If possible, tell me how

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