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Historians tell us the genesis of food service dates back to ancient times.

Street vendors and public cooks (caterers) were readily available in Ancient Rome.

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.

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.

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.

The first modern-type cafe was the Cafe Procope which opened in 1696.

Beauvilliers, 1782 "However, the first Parisian restaurant worthy of the name was the one founded by Beauvilliers in 1782 in the Rue de Richelieu, called the Grande Taverne de Londres.

He introduced the novelty of listing the dishes available on a menu and serving them at small individual tables during fixed hours." ---Larousse Gastronomique, (p. France was the birthplace of what we now call the restaurant..happened toward the end of the eighteenth century.

Menus, offering dishes individually portioned, priced and prepared to order, were introduced to the public for the first time. This was the first restaurant in the modern sense of the term." ---Larousse Gastronomiqe, completely revised and updated [Clarkson Potter: New York] 1999 (p. Mathurin Roze de Chantoiseau in Paris, 1766 "According to Spang, the forgotten inventor was Mathurin Roze de Chantoiseau, a figure so perfectly emblematic of his time that he almost seems like an invention himself.

The son of a landowner and merchant, Roze moved to Paris in the early 1760s and began floating a variety of schemes he believed would enrich him and his country at the same time."

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