- an establishment where meals are served to customers.
Origin of restaurant
Examples from the Web for restaurant
The gunman then burst from the restaurant and fled down the street with the other man.Shot Down During the NYPD Slowdown
January 7, 2015
Any restaurant with a sustained fame ends up becoming a set, of sorts, and on that front, Sotto Sotto cinched it.The Fiery Death of Sotto Sotto, Toronto’s Celebrity Hotspot
December 30, 2014
When I saw the fire in the restaurant, I ran down to the floor below, where I was trapped between flames above and below.‘We’re Going to Die’: Survivors Recount Greek Ferry Fire Horror
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 29, 2014
It's nothing for someone to walk up to me in the store or at a restaurant and ask for an autograph or speak to me.Porn Stars on the Year in Porn: Drone Erotica, Belle Knox, and Wild Sex
December 27, 2014
I learned that he was working and living in the Lower East Side, delivering orders for an Italian restaurant and raising two kids.Cuban Hip-Hop Was Born in Alamar
December 26, 2014
He turned into a restaurant on Madison Square and ordered dinner.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Then he raced around the corner of the restaurant and made for the grove.Way of the Lawless
He knew nothing of her except her name and that she was employed as a waitress in a restaurant.
He opened the door and was about to pass out of the restaurant when she spoke to him again.
And this was strange, since the Italian restaurant is such a peculiarly British institution.The Secret Agent
- a commercial establishment where meals are prepared and served to customers
Word Origin and History for restaurant
1821, from French restaurant "a restaurant," originally "food that restores," noun use of present participle of restaurer "to restore or refresh," from Old French restorer (see restore).
In 1765 a man by the name of Boulanger, also known as "Champ d'Oiseaux" or "Chantoiseau," opened a shop near the Louvre (on either the rue des Poulies or the rue Bailleul, depending on which authority one chooses to believe). There he sold what he called restaurants or bouillons restaurants--that is, meat-based consommés intended to "restore" a person's strength. Ever since the Middle Ages the word restaurant had been used to describe any of a variety of rich bouillons made with chicken, beef, roots of one sort or another, onions, herbs, and, according to some recipes, spices, crystallized sugar, toasted bread, barley, butter, and even exotic ingredients such as dried rose petals, Damascus grapes, and amber. In order to entice customers into his shop, Boulanger had inscribed on his window a line from the Gospels: "Venite ad me omnes qui stomacho laboratis et ego vos restaurabo." He was not content simply to serve bouillon, however. He also served leg of lamb in white sauce, thereby infringing the monopoly of the caterers' guild. The guild filed suit, which to everyone's astonishment ended in a judgment in favor of Boulanger. [Jean-Robert Pitte, "The Rise of the Restaurant," in "Food: A Culinary History from Antiquity to the Present," English editor Albert Sonnenfeld, transl. Clarissa Botsford, 1999, Columbia University Press]
Italian spelling ristorante attested in English by 1925.