res·tau·ra·teur | \ ˌre-stə-rə-ˈtər \
variants: or less commonly restauranteur \ˌre-stə-ˌrän-ˈtər \

Definition of restaurateur 

: the operator or proprietor of a restaurant

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restaurateur Has French Roots

Restaurateur and restaurant were borrowed directly from related French words, and both ultimately derive from the Latin word restaurare ("to restore"). Restaurateur is the older of the two; our earliest evidence dates it to 1793. Restaurant is only slightly newer; it dates to 1806. Of the two words, restaurant is of course significantly more common—a fact that may have influenced the development of the variant spelling restauranteur for restaurateur. Restauranteur first appeared a mere 44 years after restaurateur, but it is considered by many to be an error. It is, however, a standard variant, albeit one that continues to be used less frequently than restaurateur.

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Corrections & Amplifications Spanish restaurateur José Gordon’s ranch is in Jiménez de Jamuz, Spain. Oliver Griffin, WSJ, "Like Your Steak Aged 36 Months? Try 17 Years," 10 July 2018 San Francisco restaurateurs have been preparing for the $15 mark and its corresponding fallout for four years. Justin Phillips,, "SF restaurants struggle for balance in prices, service as wage hike arrives," 29 June 2018 Every restaurateur’s dream is to learn how to run a restaurant and finally do it on your own. Grace Palmieri, azcentral, "Fired Pie giving away free pizzas, salads to celebrate 20th store opening," 31 May 2018 Top Indy restaurateur Mike Cunningham runs five major Mass Ave. eateries. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "The 'new' Old Point Tavern opens on Mass Ave.," 21 May 2018 The new owners — restaurateurs Scott and Caitlin McCoy and their Executive Chef Christian Phernetton — are the team that owns and operates Camel's Crossing, an upscale bistro in Hyde Park that has earned a loyal following since opening last year. Dana Oland, idahostatesman, "Boise's fine-dining success story State & Lemp gets new owners and chef. Who is it?," 18 May 2018 Megyn Kelly’s cooking segment with Chicago restaurateur Billy Dec was awkward from start to finish Thursday. Tracy Swartz,, "Billy Dec explains Sriracha sauce to Megyn Kelly in awkward TV segment," 17 May 2018 Anything restaurateur Caroline Styne recommends from her award- winning wine list. Lesley Balla, Los Angeles Magazine, "8 Iconic L.A. Dishes That Have Stood the Test of Time," 20 Apr. 2018 Prolific San Antonio restaurateur Jason Dady does Italian in this stylish, wine-centric restaurant tucked away in the adorable shopping and arts villa The Alley on Bitters. San Antonio Express-News, "Tre Enoteca," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of restaurateur

1796, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for restaurateur

French restaurateur, from Late Latin restaurator restorer, from Latin restaurare

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: a person who owns or manages a restaurant

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