eat·​ery | \ ˈē-tə-rē How to pronounce eatery (audio) \
plural eateries

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we usually go to lunch at an eatery that is just around the corner from the office
Recent Examples on the Web Beloved chain Souplantation is closing all of its restaurants permanently, a casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic that is likely to be the death knell for all self-serve eateries. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Essential California Week in Review: Going through phases," 9 May 2020 This is a key point, because a place like Der Braumeister in Cleveland already is equipped with tall booths and segregated spaces, while other eateries might have to install barriers in a large area encompassing a sea of tables. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Ohio restaurants, bars get green light to reopen in May: Here are the details, guidelines," 7 May 2020 Drifter, which sells through its own outlets or through other restaurants and bars, is struggling to sell as eateries are still shut and will likely remain so longer, founder Nayan Shah said. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "“Can we drink or not?” Official flip-flops ruin Indian beer makers’ summer fizz," 7 May 2020 So far, their effort has given out gift cards from 25 local restaurants and has also received donations from eateries including Lamberti’s, Po’ Melvin’s, Aunt Cissy’s Kitchen, Angelo’s and more. Hunter Johnson, Dallas News, "‘A Taste of Irving’ Facebook group is giving back to residents and restaurants through a free gift card program," 6 May 2020 But many more small shops, services and eateries were left out because the money ran out. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Oakland County awards a fresh $12 million to aid small businesses," 30 Apr. 2020 Bartolini's, Chicago, Illinois Brothers Christopher and Dominic Bartolini started this Italian family eatery in the Chicago suburb of Midlothian back in 1995. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, "Far From Home? These Regional Comfort Foods Can Be Shipped To Your Door," 29 Apr. 2020 Ryan Santos, owner of Over-The-Rhine eatery Please, said he wasn't surprised DeWine didn't re-open dine-in service for restaurants. Alexander Coolidge,, "National Flag Co., others, get green light to re-open after COVID-19 related shutdown," 27 Apr. 2020 But many eateries remained closed amid safety concerns and community backlash. Kate Brumbackand Russ Bynum,, "Masks, temperature checks mark ‘new normal’ at restaurants," 27 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of eatery

1901, in the meaning defined above

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14 May 2020

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“Eatery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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chiefly US, informal : a usually small and informal restaurant

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