When you finish entertaining, you unlock the center tray, slide it down and then slide the top closed.
Oh and the "fabric" covering the mid-section was still pretty cool and applicable to today.
This is one of those times where I wish I had mad carpentry skills to build my own. The two things I did not like about the original Grand Server is that it's laminated and has brass casters, but mostly that it's laminated particle wood.
4. change the mid-section to acrylic plant panels; and