The First Restaurant
The public dining room that came ultimately to be known as the restaurant originated in France, and the French have continued to make major contributions to the restaurant's development. The first restaurant proprietor is believed to have been one A. Boulanger, a soup vendor, who opened his business in Paris in 1765.
In 1891, the YWCA of Kansas City, Mo., established what food-industry historians consider the first cafeteria.
"The drive-in restaurant concept, where patrons are served food in their vehicles, dates back to pre-World War II. The concept reached its height of popularity in the early 1950's." The first drive-in restaurant opened in Glendale, California in 1936.