The first French "restaurat" was in New York, in 1821?

Michael Quinion wordseditor at WORLDWIDEWORDS.ORG
Wed Feb 3 17:43:29 UTC 2010

> For "restaurant", the OED's earliest citation is 1827.  (Still a "2nd
> edition 1989" entry, so the gnomes likely have mined to a lower
> stratum by now.  And perhaps to be updated shortly; in December the
> "revised range" arrived at "reputeless.")

An interesting antedating! The earliest example I was previously aware of
was one from The Times of 15 October 1822, which I unearthed and included
in a piece about "restaurateur" a year ago

Michael Quinion
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