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Did you know the word restaurant is derived from the French word restaurer which means to restore?

The first French restaurants [pre-revolution] were not fancy gourmet establishments run by ex-aristocratic chefs.

The restaurant, as we know it today, is said to have been a byproduct of the French Revolution.

Modern food service is a product of the Industrial Revolution.

Another thought to ponder: how military foodservice impacted civilian industry.

"Foodservice organizations in operation in the United States today have become an accepted way of life, and we tend to regard them as relatively recent innovations.

Advances in technology made possible mass production of foodstuffs, quick distribution of goods, safer storage facilities, and more efficient cooking appliances.

Advances in transportation (most notably trains, automobiles, trucks) also created a huge demand for public dining venues.

Entrepreneurial French chefs were quick to capitalize on this market. Boulanger, 1765 "In about 1765, a Parisian 'bouillon seller' named Boulanger wrote on his sign: 'Boulanger sells restoratives fit for the gods'...

According to the current edition of Larousse Gastronomque (p.

194-5), the first cafes (generally defined as places selling drinks and snacks) was established in Constantinople in 1550.

5-6) While public eateries existed in Ancient Rome and Sung Dynasty China, restaurants (we know them today), are generally credited to 18th century France.

The genesis is quite interesting and not at all what most people expect.

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