Bacall Conniff and
A Quick History of the Restaurant Business
ever wondered how restaurants started? Well, we always assumed restaurants have
been there all this time without realizing that the evolution of the business
brought about a revolutionary effect on the family, industrialization and the
whole economic system of the world.
happened? Let us take a quick trip back to the past when people practically did
everything at home like for example in Singapore: planted their own food,
raised animals for meat and even built their own homes, especially those who
started out as pioneers in the wilderness places. Fast forward to the birth of
the towns and cities when people had established formal education and also
learned to specialize into various skills or enterprises to earn a living,
instead of the old, barter-trade system. It was inevitable for people to
eventually delegate the former home-based task of cooking food to a person or
an enterprise that made good money doing so.
restaurant was born out of that need not merely to save time but also to avoid
the tediousness of preparing food day-in and day-out. And one could have
various choices as to the menu, instead of the usual leftovers or the staple
egg-and-bacon breakfast or mashed-potato-and-steak dinner. One could now order
continental food, French cuisine or shish kebab. And have it delivered home as
and more people going into the business, the food choices became even more
diverse. The simple beverage, coffee, drove the proliferation of chains of
restaurants, generating a multi-billion business worldwide. And before that, of
course, were the hamburger and the doughnut. The restaurant did not only change
the economic texture of civilization but also the lifestyles of people in
general. Many people today rarely cook at home and simply “take-out” on working
days. And on weekends, the family would try out the newest food trips or just
go on a gustatory adventure to neighboring cities and even foreign cities.
effect of the restaurant, particularly that brought about by the fast-food
shops, is the degradation of the population’s health. Whereas people used to
eat “healthy”, they were now eating “junk” – food catered to them by many
commercial establishments whose main goal was to make money, no matter how
devoid of nutrition their food was.
restaurants are slowly wizening. With the growing wellness and fitness industry
and the move to go “organic”, more and more restaurants now cater fresh
alternatives in healthy diets. It seems restaurants are here to stay and will
surely provide a lasting support to the ordinary individual’s penchant for good
and appetizing food any time of day.