McDonald’s initially was a barbeque restaurant when it first opened. They had lots of competition as a barbeque shop and dealt with tight profit margins which caused them to close for a few months. They then reopened as a burger restaurant.
The Phil Collins album No Jacket Required is named after an incident at a Chicago restaurant where Collins was denied admittance. Collins later appeared on TV denouncing the restaurant who in turn sent him a sport coat and an apology, saying he could come back wearing whatever he wanted.
In 1986, the small New Zealand town of Otorohanga briefly changed its name to “Harrodsville” in support of the local restaurant Harrods, which was facing lawsuits by the famous London department store of the same name. In addition, every business in town changed their name to “Harrods”.
Laws restricting Chinese people to merchant visas made many Chinese restaurants in the U.S. These visas were only for fancy shops and the person had to run it for a year. Some groups used all their cash to open a nice restaurant and then switch who ran it each year so that they’d all get visas.
During the Great Depression Clifton’s Cafeteria eateries boasted the slogan “Dine free unless delighted.” In the original restaurant’s first three months of business, ten thousand customers took him up on the offer. Enough customers paid their bills to make them a success.
The oldest still-operating Chinese restaurant in the USA is not in New York or San Francisco, but in Butte, Montana, where the Pekin Noodle Parlor has been business since 1911.
Edsel Ford Fong was called the “world’s rudest, worst, most insulting waiter” and worked at Sam Wo restaurant in San Francisco, CA. Fong is known for seating people with strangers, criticizing customer’s menu choices, slamming food on the table, and busing tables before people are finished eating.
Wong Kei is one of the UK’s largest Chinese restaurants and once described as “the rudest restaurant in London”: staff would shout at customers, insult them if they asked for knives and forks, and chase them down the street if they felt they had not tipped enough.
The weight of silverware in restaurants impacts how much a customer is willing to pay for their meal.
A restaurant in Bangkok has been constantly cooking and serving from the same soup for 45 years, a form of “perpetual stew”