Gourmet Ranch Stoves and Counters are important appliance in this game. They come in different designs and cost but works the same. You can buy the cheapest or the the most expensive stove but it will cook the recipe the same amount of time and earns the same. Same with the counters.
As you can see on the above picture, you don’t need to provide spaces for your characters to move inside the kitchen, to save money I didn’t expand my cafe unless really needed, expansions does not give you XP so I would rather spend coins on decorations that gives high XP to level up faster and earn keys.
In Gourmet Ranch like in Cafe world, you are only allowed a limited number of stoves and counters depending on your level, you unlock the number of stoves allowed as you level up on the game.
Chairs and tables doesn’t increase earnings or popularity as well. Popularity increases with the variety of foods serve and counters that are filled with food, so if you cook just one dish using all of your stove then you’ll have thousands of supply of the same food but you’ll have the same food on every counter, you popularity wouldn’t be so high. Variety is very important in popularity.
Waitresses also increase in numbers as you level up, but don’t worry because diners or customers doesn’t have moods and will wait to be serve. However you have to have enough chairs and tables for all the customers. If no chair and table is available, they will just leave. But unlike other restaurant game, you can maximize you cafe space, no need to set space where your customers can walk. As long as there’s a chair in front of a table your customers will be all good.