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A place that sells meals prepared and served on the premises. Restaurant types include diners, bistros, and trattorias, all of which are usually small and modest. The size, volume of business, clientele, and gastronomic quality of restaurants vary enormously, but all have in common the fact that, because they serve meals to members of the public, they must comply with public health laws and regulations about food handling and hygiene. Routine restaurant inspection is an essential public health function.

Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink.

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