French cuisine is often considered the epitome of fine dining and even invented the word “restaurant” itself
- However, etymologists and historians attribute the origins of both to A. Boulanger, a Parisian soup vendor who set up shop in 1765.
- The concept of seating guests and allowing them to choose their desired meal exploded in popularity after the French Revolution at the end of the 18th century
- By 1804, French diners could choose from more than 500 restaurants across the country
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