Such tavern-restaurants existed not only in France but also in other countries.In Germany, Austria, and Alsace, Brauereien and Weinstuben served delicatessen, sauerkraut, and cheese, for example; in Spain bodegas served tapas.Advances in technology made possible mass production of foodstuffs, quick distribution of goods, safer storage facilities, and more efficient cooking appliances.Advances in transportation (most notably trains, automobiles, trucks) also created a huge demand for public dining venues.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?
The genesis is quite interesting and not at all what most people expect.
According to the current edition of Larousse Gastronomque (p.
194-5), the first cafes (generally defined as places selling drinks and snacks) was established in Constantinople in 1550.
Another thought to ponder: how military foodservice impacted civilian industry.
"Foodservice organizations in operation in the United States today have become an accepted way of life, and we tend to regard them as relatively recent innovations.