The word “restaurant” literally means “food that restores” and once referred to broths.

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French cuisine is often considered the epitome of fine dining and even invented the word “restaurant” itself

  • However, etymologists and historians attribute the origins of both to A. Boulanger, a Parisian soup vendor who set up shop in 1765.
  • The concept of seating guests and allowing them to choose their desired meal exploded in popularity after the French Revolution at the end of the 18th century
  • By 1804, French diners could choose from more than 500 restaurants across the country

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