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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Equally good on quality and ambience is Mon Amie Maxi, a French brasserie and oyster bar run by the same restaurateur as Surf’n Turf, Christian Mook. Nina Adam, WSJ, "Frankfurt: A Business Traveler’s Guide," 22 June 2018 Café Patachou founder Martha Hoover earned a semifinalist spot for the outstanding restaurateur in the nation award. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis has some 2018 James Beard semifinalists," 15 Feb. 2018 Shaikh is among the Milwaukee area’s most prominent restaurateurs. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Downtown Milwaukee Grand Avenue food hall plans led by Omar Shaikh gaining momentum," 22 May 2018 Since January, the chef/restaurateur behind St. Francis and Phoenix Public Market Cafe has opened Tempe Public Market Cafe and Taco Chelo, his Roosevelt Row taco shop. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Ghost Ranch will be Aaron Chamberlin's third restaurant opening in 2018," 8 May 2018 As deputy Food editor Jenn Harris reports in her weekly Restaurant News column, that’s happening; also happening is Heroic Deli, a new shop from restaurateur Adam Fleischman, coming to Santa Monica this summer., "Brownies on the grill, vampiros in the truck," 7 July 2018 Most accounts of the patty melt’s beginnings trace it back to Los Angeles restaurateur Tiny Naylor, who sold patty melts in the 1940s. Dan Nosowitz, GQ, "Skip the Burger, Eat the Patty Melt," 28 June 2018 The restaurant will be operated by veteran restaurateur Greg Pronzo, who ran the former Cowgirls Rockbar on International Drive and the Guy Fieri’s American Kitchen and Bar in The Villages. Kyle Arnold,, "Cinco Tacos taking place of Carmel Kitchen in Winter Park," 27 June 2018 That’s why the first Thai New Year Water Festival debuts in Uptown this weekend, explains restaurateur Dew Suriyawan. Bill Daley,, "Thai New Year Water Festival debuts in Uptown this weekend," 18 May 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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