Cafe World Salad Bar: Everything you need to know
It looks as though your restaurant in Cafe World will be able to receive a bit of an "all you can eat" flair in the future, as Zynga has officially released a Salad Bar buildable item in the game. This Salad Bar will require you to collect three (technically four) different kinds of items in order to complete its construction, but luckily, this seems like an incredibly easy item to build overall.
All told, you'll need to collect 2 Sneeze Guards, 4 Salad Boxes, and 2 Salad Tongs. You'll also need to technically collect a Display Case, but the simple action of moving the base of the Salad Bar from the Special item section of the store will be enough to complete that step for you.
As usual, collecting the other 8 items is a process that must be done with friends. You'll be able to click on the "Ask for More" button next to any particular ingredient to send out individual gift requests to those Cafe World neighbors that you think would be most likely to help you out. Note: There is currently an issue with asking your friends for items - keep trying and you should be able to get it to work, or simply wait until Zynga fixes the problem (they have acknowledged it) to start asking for items. You can also purchase each item individually, at a rate of 10 Cafe Cash per item.
To find out what your Salad Bar does once you build it, meet us behind the break.Once you build the Salad Bar, you will actually be able to serve salads to your customers, so you'll want to place it in a location that a lot of your customers walk by. The best place for this would of course be in a square right next to the entrance. Of course, to serve your customers though, you'll first have to stock your Salad Bar with supplies. This is done either with coins or with Cafe Cash. You can add varying amounts of "ingredients" to the Salad Bar for different amounts of coins. 10 supplies cost 27 coins, 50 supplies costs 176 coins, and 100 supplies costs 474 coins.
This basic setup of the Salad Bar gets you Lettuce, Tomatoes, and Ranch Dressing, but you'll be able to upgrade the Salad Bar to hold other ingredients (just like you can upgrade the Drink Bar or the Coffee Machine to serve different kinds of drinks). The more ingredients you unlock, the more profits you make from each salad sold, where the amount of "ingredients" you purchase for your salad equates to the number of servings you can sell (100 ingredients = 100 salads sold, and so on).
The actual unlocking of the different ingredients comes by completing a series of quests in the game, similar to any other goal set. These quests can be found by clicking on the "Unlock" button next to a particular ingredient. You'll then be able to follow the steps necessary to unlock each ingredient. For Cucumbers, as an example, you'll need to finish three steps:
Cook French Onion Soup 10 Times
Clean 10 Stoves
Spice 5 Friend Stoves
You'll be able to complete all of these tasks to unlock Cucumbers, and you can then move onto other ingredients, which require similar tasks to be completed (serve different kinds of drinks, collect items from friends, visit friends and so on). Unfortunately, if you wish to make any real money from your Salad Bar, you'll have to go through these new side-quests, but there's no timer for when you need to complete them, so feel free to take care of other goals first if you so choose.
Once you complete the first set of basic ingredients, you'll move onto "Basic Ingredient 2" and eventually "Basic Ingredient 3." With all of these new missions to complete, you're likely to always have something to do in Cafe World for quite some time - whether or not all of the "asking of friends" is worth it however, will be up to you.
What do you think of this new Salad Bar in Cafe World? Will you take the time to upgrade the Salad Bar once you've constructed it? Let us know in the comments.