Can ordering a meal at a restaurant be considered an act of 'giving notice'?
Some people (I am not sure whether it should be a majority) find the following sentence unacceptable:
The waiter served us on short notice two cups of coffee and two jumbo steaks that would normally take one hour to prepare.
And I found the following sentence, with "on short notice" and "serve" in the same sentence in Almost a Gentleman by Pam Rosenthal:
He'd never stayed at the Red Boar Inn before, but he was impressed by its cleanliness and by the quality of the kidney pie she served him on short notice; all the diners had been abed when he'd arrived.
Do you find the first sentence acceptable?
If not, do you find the second one unacceptable as well?