Most of the time the food goes to waste.
No it doesn't, that's just rationalization. Restaurants (successful, anyway) are *very* good at managing product waste. There's very little waste from a buffet.
since the widescreen monitor plague has made vertical space a premium
I seriously do not understand what you mean. Buy a square screen monitor.
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