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A restaurateur is a person who opens and runs restaurants professionally. Although over time the term has come to describe any person who owns a restaurant, traditionally it refers to a highly skilled professional who is proficient in all aspects of the restaurant business.

Occupation type
Activity sectors
Restaurants, business, culinary arts
Fields of
Related jobs
Businessperson, chef


The French word restaurateur (pronounced [ʁɛstɔʁatœʁ]) comes from the Late Latin term restaurator ("restorer") and from the Latin term restaurare.[1][2][3] The word restaurateur is simply French for a person who owns or runs a restaurant.[4]

A less common variant spelling restauranteur is formed from the "more familiar" term restaurant[5] with the French suffix -eur borrowed from restaurateur. It is considered a misspelling by some.[4][5]

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  1. ^ "Definition of RESTAURATEUR". Merriam-Webster.
  2. ^ "Restaurateur Shares the Secret of His Success".
  3. ^ Muhlke, Christine. "The Insider - Sang Yoon". T. New York Times Company.
  4. ^ a b "Restaurateur vs. restauranteur". Retrieved August 18, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "the definition of restaurateur".

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