Bistro is not French for Cáfe, but the word Russian cossacks would shout at French waiters, meaning “quickly”.
Servers’ wages, in top restaurants, have increased by over 300% because of tipping, while the culinary team’s wages have only increased by about 20%. Meaning the people serving your food are making a lot more than those who went to school in order to make it.
A man in NJ was charged $3750 for a bottle of wine, ordering it after a waitress told him that it was “thirty seven fifty”.
All restaurants in Wisconsin were required by law to serve cheese and butter with every meal from 1935 to 1937.
In 1996, Mary Tyler Moore offered a restaurant $1,000 to sell her a 65 year-old lobster so she could return it to the wild. Rush Limbaugh then offered $2,000 to eat the lobster. The restaurant denied both offers and kept the lobster as a mascot.
There is an American restaurant chain, “Der Wienerschnitzel”, that contains three German language errors in its name. The gender is incorrect, the restaurant serves hot dogs (not Wiener schnitzel), and a missing space implies that residents of Vienna have been used as an ingredient.
There is a restaurant in Pittsburgh, the Conflict Kitchen, that only serves cuisines from countries that the US is in conflict with. When they started serving Palestinian food, they received death threats.
George Webb Restaurants locations each have two clocks that employees claim are set one minute apart to evade a local law banning businesses from being open 24 hours per day.
Helsinki, Finland has a four-times-a-year event called Restaurant Day. The occasion offers anyone the opportunity to set up a restaurant, café, or bar, for just one day, without having to apply for official permits – as long as alcohol is not on the drinks list.
Ma Yu Ching’s Bucket Chicken House in Kaifeng, China is considered the world’s oldest operating restaurant, first opening in 1153 AD during the Jing Dynasty.