Restaurants as we know them have been around for thousands of years, and they can now be found in nearly every country around the world. Here are 7 random facts you probably didn’t know about restaurants.
1. The earliest restaurants had no menus
In Ancient China and in the Roman Empire, street vendors were selling bread and wine in the streets. The roadside inns were the first form of restaurants where hungry travelers could sit and eat, but there were no menus. Everyone had to eat what the chef was preparing.
2. The word restaurant is a French term
The word restaurant is a French term that was first used to describe the rich soups that were served in French taverns and eating houses, with the purpose of restoring the spirit and relieving different ailments. The term restaurant was first used in English in 1806.
3. The oldest restaurant in the world is in Spain
There are a few restaurants that claim to be the oldest one in the world. However, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the oldest restaurant is Botin, located in Madrid, Spain. It has been in operation since 1725.
4. Opening a new restaurant is a risky business
Did you know that 90% of restaurants fail during their first year of operation? Opening a restaurant can be a risky business, and this is why many people will prefer opening a franchise. Choosing a successful restaurant franchise can increase your chances of success.
5. The location of a restaurant is very important
Even if a restaurant has great food, great service and a great restaurant concept, it will probably not be successful if it’s not well located. Many new restaurant owners have learned the hard way that the perfect location can make all the difference between success and failure.
6. Many Canadians find their first job in the restaurant industry
It is estimated that 22% of Canadians find their first job in the restaurant and food service industry. The majority of these jobs are part-time jobs, and there are generally more women than men working in restaurants.
7. Many restaurants lease their restaurant supplies
For many restaurant owners, leasing restaurant supplies and equipment is less expensive and more convenient than buying them. Indeed, when you lease your stove or your dishwasher, you can simply get them repaired or replaced at no additional costs when they break down.