Medieval travelers dined at inns, taverns, monestaries and hostelries.Colonial America continued this tradition in the form of legislated Publick Houses.the Patissiers, Rotisseurs, Charcutiers] and created a hungry, middle-class customer base who relished the ideals of egalitarianism (as in, anyone who could pay the price could get the same meal).
It relaxed the legal rights of guilds that [since the Middle Ages] were licensed by the king to control specific foods [eg.
5-6) While public eateries existed in Ancient Rome and Sung Dynasty China, restaurants (we know them today), are generally credited to 18th century France.
The genesis is quite interesting and not at all what most people expect.
The restaurant, as we know it today, is said to have been a byproduct of the French Revolution.
Modern food service is a product of the Industrial Revolution.
The royal household, with its hundreds of retainers, and the households of nobles, often numbering as many as 150 to 250 persons, also necessitated an efficient foodservice...