Buffets are called "vikings" in Japan. This is because a Japanese restaurant manager went to Sweden and liked smΓΆrgΓ₯sbords so much he copied the idea at his restaurant. This Swedish word was too hard to pronounce in Japanese, so the word "vikings" was used instead after a employee suggested it. japan-talk.com/jt/new/str…
Burger King has the rights to use its name throughout the entire United States, with the exception of a 20-mile radius surrounding a totally unrelated restaurant, also called Burger King, in Mattoon, Illinois. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
Fast food restaurants frequently use Columbus Ohio to test out new products because the demographics of the city closely resemble those of the country as a whole columbusmonthly.com/artic…
Taco Bell has failed twice to expand their operations to Mexico. In 1992, Mexican customers found their tacos too expensive, and in 2010 their expansion restaurant closed because customers were unfamiliar with the menu items. mashed.com/234254/why-tac…
Chuck E. Cheese Pizza was created by Atari founder Nolan Bushnell. Bushnell created the pizza & arcade restaurant to serve as a distribution network for his Atari games. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nol…
NBC executives hated the script for the Seinfeld episode, 'The Chinese Restaurant', and only agreed to allow it to be filmed after co-creator Larry David threatened to quit. It is now considered a ground-breaking episode of TV, and the best example of Seinfeld's 'show about nothing' premise en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
When an inmate enters San Pedro Prison they have to purchase a cell. They can purchase a cell from the prison mayor or freelance agents who typically advertises avaliable cells in restaurants and bulletin boards. Housing in the prison varies between $20 and $5,000 depending on the quality. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
In 2008, McDonald's Japan paid 1,000 people to wait in line for the release of the Quarter Pounder in Osaka. People were paid $10 an hour to do this. 15,000 people gathered at the restaurant due to the fake crowd which caused people to accuse the company of trickery. factsanddetails.com/japan…
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 mentalfloss.com/article/8…
After Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob Squarepants, graduated high school he worked as a fry cook during summers at a restaurant in Islesford, Maine known as Islesford Dock Restaurant. The restaurant would later be the inspiration for the Krusty Krab in the show. bangordailynews.com/2018/…
Baileys was invented in 1973 by a South African man, David Gluckman, working for a London marketing agency designing drinks for an Irish company. The name was inspired by a local restaurant, Baileys Bistro. irishtimes.com/culture/bo…
In 1924, a Chinese-American named Ben Fee was refused service at a San Francisco restaurant. He returned the next day with 10 white friends who each ordered the most expensive dish. Fee was again refused service. He then β€œconfronted” his friends. They walked out, leaving the food unpaid for. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
Before opening his first Wendy's restaurant, Dave Thomas worked for KFC. He is credited with inventing the famous red & white KFC bucket, and advising Col. Sanders to appear in his own commercials. mashed.com/172378/secrets…
Major Pentagon officials once called Five Guys and requested them to break their no delivery rule. Not only did they refuse, the restaurant's founder ordered a 22-foot banner saying "ABSOLUTELY NO DELIVERY" and hung it in front of the store. Business from Pentagon employees increased. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Today I learned about the Heart Attack Grill, a hospital-themed restaurant in Tempe AZ, where "patients" over 350 pounds eat for free and the waitstaff are dressed as sexy nurses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
There are no such thing as kangaroo farms, all kangaroo meat served in grocery stores and restaurants around the world is sourced from wild populations choice.com.au/food-and-dr…
Today I learned about Clink restaurants (UK) where your meal will be cooked and served by prisoners who are training towards gaining their accredited qualifications. The aim is to increase future prospects of the prisoners who want to turn their lives around and reduce reoffending. theclinkcharity.org/
In the 40s and 50s, a man calling himself Prince Michael Romanoff, supposedly a member of the Russian royal family, ran a restaurant popular with Hollywood stars. Almost everyone knew he was a fake, but they just played along. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
In the 1930s Bob Wian had a cushy job managing a restaurant but felt he didn't know the business fully. So he quit, got jobs as a dishwasher, fry cook, and then counter help. With that experience he started Bob's Big Boy, invented the double decker burger, and became hugely successful. burgerbeast.com/bobs-big-…
Olfactory Fatigue aka Noseblindness is the temporary, normal inability to distinguish a particular odor after a prolonged exposure to that airborne compound. Ex - when entering a restaurant initially the odor of food is often perceived as very strong but with time the awareness of the odor fades en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olf…
McDonalds is banned from operating in Kingston, Jamaica due to a failed lawsuit against a local Jamaican restaurant named McDonalds Corporation Limited mcspotlight.org/company/e…
According to the ASCI score, Chick-fil-A has been the No. 1 ranked fast food restaurant in customer satisfaction for six straight years. McDonald’s has been at the bottom of the rankings. usatoday.com/story/money/…
When McDonald's closed all its restaurants in Iceland in 2009, a man decided to buy his last hamburger and fries to see how long it would take to decompose. 10 yrs later, curious observers can watch a livestream of the burger & fries from its current location in a glass cabinet in Snotra House. bbc.com/news/blogs-trendi…
, Since 2007, all of McDonald's delivery trucks in the UK have been fueled by used cooking oil from their restaurants. edie.net/news/5/McDonald-…
The management of the Casa Bonita restaurant in Denver prepares for extra business following the airing of the SouthPark episode featuring it. youtube.com/watch?v=S6k26…
The classic English dish of Fish and Chips has Jewish and Belgian origins. Battered and fried fish was introduced to England by Jews in the 16th century. Deep fried potatoes originate from Belgium. Restaurants that sold fish and chips have existed in London since atleast the 1860s en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fis…
A restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand, has continued to maintain a broth from the same perpetual stew for over 46 years (as of 2020). youtube.com/watch?v=dfgS2…
The Seminole Tribe of Florida generated so much revenue from opening tax-free smoke shops and organizing high-stakes bingo games that in 2007 they bought Hard Rock Cafe International. The tribe still owns it today, with 180 Restaurants, 24 Hotels, and 11 Casinos in 74 different countries. money.cnn.com/2006/12/07/…
A fire destroyed several buildings, but left a Carl's Jr. unscathed. The Carl's Jr. employees began making 165 burgers for the firemen, but the heat from the grilling meat caught the restaurant on fire. pressdemocrat.com/article…
Virtual restaurants, such as "Pasqually's Pizza and Wings," offer food only through delivery services only. Pasqually's is actually made in Chuck-E-Cheese restaurants and sold under the Pasqually's name. businessinsider.com/pasqu…
In the Czech Republic, beer is cheaper than water in pubs, leading its health minister to call on restaurants and bars to offer at least one nonalcoholic drink at a price less than that of beer - but the Czech Hotel and Restaurant Association said that it is ready to fight "excessive regulation" firstwefeast.com/eat/2013…
McDonald's made an anime video, to attract job applicants for McDonald's restaurants in Japan. youtu.be/ZTrC86mmPaw
Just 5% of salt is added at the table and only 10% of all salt comes from food freshly prepared at home. Restaurant meals and store bought foods - including crackers, breads and soups - account for over 70% percent of salt intake. webmd.com/food-recipes/ne…
Oslo makes the most use of surplus and recycles. The Oslo sauna raft is made of driftwood, the restaurants use surplus, and the bikes are made from recycled parts. Hence their tourism catchline: Oslo is Rubbish! visitoslo.com/en/oslo/osl…
The probably oldest continuously operated fast food restaurant has been serving Bratwurst in Germany for over 850 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reg…
The former NYC restaurant Foley's once banned the singing of "Danny Boy" on St. Patrick's day because of how depressing and overplayed it was. The ban was rescinded two years later when the creator of Danny Boy Whiskey stopped in for a drink. irishcentral.com/culture/…
Today I learned of the Wong Kei, one of the UK’s largest Chinese restaurants and once described as β€œthe 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 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Won…
Today I learned of Marcario Garcia, a Mexican national in the US Army who received the Medal of Honor in World War II. A month later a restaurant owner in Texas denied him service, beat him with a bat, and eventually filed charges against Marcario. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
KFC is the largest restaurant chain in China, with 5,003 outlets as of 2015 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KFC
Today I learned about the "world's rudest, worst, most insulting waiter"β€”Edsel Ford Fong at the 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. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eds…
Tim Zagat, founder of Zagat restaurant guide, was stabbed in 1990 while watching Dances With Wolves en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
Today I learned of Charles Ramsey, a Cleveland man who was key in the rescue of 3 women & a child from over a decade of captivity in a neighbor's home. When word got out he was eating a Big Mac when he heard a woman's cries for help, over a dozen Ohio restaurants pledged to offer him a free burger anytime. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
A restaurant in Bangkok has been constantly cooking and serving from the same soup for 45 years, a form of "perpetual stew" nypost.com/2019/07/29/thi…
In 1976 a local pilot crashed his plane into the top deck of Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium ten minutes after a playoff game ended. The pilot reportedly had a grudge against a former Baltimore Colts player, and had previously dropped bottles and toilet paper onto his restaurant. baltimorefishbowl.com/sto…
There’s a chef that lost all of his taste due to radiation in curing his stage four cancer. He regained his taste back eventually, but slowly. Now he owns a three Michelin star restaurant in Chicago and is praised by his unique flavor combinations. npr.org/2011/08/29/139786…
Today I learned about Hooters Air, an airline that was founded by the restaurant chain. It had seven operating planes and seventeen destinations and mainly operated in Myrtle Beach and Florida. It was closed in 2006 due to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita causing fuel costs to increase, as well as small attendance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoo…
In-N-Out burgers operates occasional pop-up restaurants in Australia for the sole purpose of protecting their tradmark there. news.com.au/lifestyle/foo…
It is normal practice and safe for Danes to leave their babies in a pram/stroller outside a restaurant as they dine. Because there was uproar in 1997 when a Danish woman practiced this custom in NYC. sacbee.com/news/nation-wo…
"Chef Boy-Ar-Dee" was a real Italian chef named Ettore Boiardi who came to America and opened a restaurant. His spaghetti sauce was so popular people would buy by the jug which lead him to start his own company. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ett…
In the 1990s, Las Vegas wanted to revitalize its downtown area. There was a plan to build a full scale replica of the USS Enterprise, with a bar and restaurant on top. Casinos were willing to pay for it and the city was onboard; a Paramount executive said no fearing it would be a failure. hollywoodreporter.com/hea…

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