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Restaurant in Paris

A restaurant is a place where food is sold to the public.

Some restaurants are a chain, meaning that there are a lot of restaurants that have the same name and serve the same food. McDonald's, Burger King, and Pizza Hut are examples of chain restaurants that are all over the world. These restaurants serve fast food (inexpensive already-prepared food).

There are also chain restaurants that serve more expensive food. Applebee's and Perkins are examples of this type of chain restaurant.

At some restaurants, you do not have to even get out of the car to eat. You can pay and get your order from a window. These places are called drive-thrus.

Ancient history[change | change source]

A Roman thermopolium in Pompeii

In Ancient Greece and Rome there were were small restaurant-bars offering food and drinks. They were called thermopolia (singular thermopolium). Many dwellings did not have kitchens, and eating out was an important part of socializing.

In Pompeii, 158 thermopolia with service counters have been found. They were along the main road of the town and round the public spaces.[1]

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References[change | change source]

  1. Ellis S.J.R. 2004. The distribution of bars at Pompeii: archaeological, spatial and viewshed analyses. Journal of Roman Archaeology, 17, pp. 371–384 (374f.)