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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.
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.
With the exception of inns, which were primarily for travelers, and street kitchens...where in Europe at that time could one purchase a meal outside the home?
Essentially in places where alcoholic begerages were sold, placesewquipped to serve simple, inexepensive dishes either cooked on the premises or ordered from a nearby inn or food shop, along with wine, beer, and spirits, which constituted the bulk of their business.
Religious orders and royal households were among the earliest practitioners of quantity food production...
Certain phases of foodservice operations reach a well-organized from as early as feudal times...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.When cafes opened in France they also sold brandy, sweetened wines and liqueurs in addition to coffee.The first modern-type cafe was the Cafe Procope which opened in 1696.