Where did the concept of dating come from
When cafes opened in France they also sold brandy, sweetened wines and liqueurs in addition to coffee.
The first modern-type cafe was the Cafe Procope which opened in 1696.
Advances in technology made possible mass production of foodstuffs, quick distribution of goods, safer storage facilities, and more efficient cooking appliances.
Advances in transportation (most notably trains, automobiles, trucks) also created a huge demand for public dining venues.
In Germany, Austria, and Alsace, Brauereien and Weinstuben served delicatessen, sauerkraut, and cheese, for example; in Spain bodegas served tapas.
However, they have their roots in the habits and customs that characterize our civilization and predate the Middle Ages.
Certain phases of foodservice operations reach a well-organized from as early as feudal times...
Beauvilliers, 1782 "However, the first Parisian restaurant worthy of the name was the one founded by Beauvilliers in 1782 in the Rue de Richelieu, called the Grande Taverne de Londres.
He introduced the novelty of listing the dishes available on a menu and serving them at small individual tables during fixed hours." ---Larousse Gastronomique, (p. France was the birthplace of what we now call the restaurant..happened toward the end of the eighteenth century.