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

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Wed Feb 3 23:24:07 UTC 2010

No, it wasn't. "Restaurateur" was the original French form of the word for a
provider of food (etc.). It never had an "n" until people started inserting
one by analogy with "restaurant". Michael's column describes the history

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On Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 1:07 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:

> [...] Michael's column [...] starts:
> [Q] From Peter Hill, Canada: One eats in a restaurant run by a
> restaurateur. Where did the n disappear to, and when?
> [A] It didn't disappear. It was never there in the first place.
> So Joseph Collet's "restaurat" was the correct original form!

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