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

Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Wed Feb 3 18:48:19 UTC 2010

On Wed, Feb 03, 2010 at 11:08:19AM -0500, Joel S. Berson wrote:
> (Shades of "Ratatouille"!)
> 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.")

We'd mined back to 1823, so this is still two years better. Thanks!

Jesse Sheidlower

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