Restaurants are classified or distinguished in many different ways. The primary factors are usually the food itself (e.g. vegetarian, seafood, steak); the cuisine (e.g. Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, French, Mexican, Thai) or the style of offering (e.g. tapas bar, a sushi train, a tastet restaurant, a buffet restaurant or a yum cha restaurant). Beyond this, restaurants may differentiate themselves on factors including speed (see fast food), formality, location, cost, service, or novelty themes (such as automated restaurants).
Restaurants range from inexpensive and informal lunching or dining places catering to people working nearby, with modest food served in simple settings at low prices, to expensive establishments serving refined food and fine wines in a formal setting. In the former case, customers usually wear casual clothing. In the latter case, depending on culture and local traditions, customers might wear semi-casual, semi-formal or formal wear. Typically, at mid- to high-priced restaurants, customers sit at tables, their orders are taken by a waiter, who brings the food when it is ready. After eating, the customers then pay the bill. In some restaurants, such as workplace cafeterias, there are no waiters; the customers use trays, on which they place cold items that they select from a refrigerated container and hot items which they request from cooks, and then they pay a cashier before they sit down. Another restaurant approach which uses few waiters is the buffet restaurant. Customers serve food onto their own plates and then pay at the end of the meal. Buffet restaurants typically still have waiters to serve drinks and alcoholic beverages. Fast food restaurants are also considered a restaurant.
The travelling public has long been catered for with ship's messes and railway restaurant cars which are, in effect, travelling restaurants. Many railways, the world over, also cater for the needs of travelers by providing railway refreshment rooms, a form of restaurant, at railway stations. In the 2000s, a number of travelling restaurants, specifically designed for tourists, have been created. These can be found on trams, boats, buses, etc.
Restaurant & Retail
We appreciate any and all contributions from the supporters of
Teen Cancer America. These Rebellion Toolkits can help
anyone who wishes to raise money to donate to Teen Cancer
America. This packet includes templates and examples that you
may use for a TCA fundraising event or that you may find
inspiration from to get creative and make your own. Thank you
for joining our rebellion team!
A fun and easy way to fundraise is to partner with a local
restaurant, retail store, or salon by donating a percentage of a
day’s proceeds to Teen Cancer America. The following
document can help you to create invitations and flyers for the
Steps to create a fundraiser
1. Get permission. First, introduce the idea of a fundraiser to the
manager/owner of a local restaurant or retailer. Mention to them
that not only will this be a great opportunity to fundraise for a
noble cause, but that it is also a possibility for good press and
2. Set a date. Organize a date that is convenient for the business
as well as yourself (you should participate in the shopping or
dining experience as well!).
3. Coordinate with the business. Speak to the business
regarding ideas for advertisement for the event. If possible, check
to see if a local entertainer would be interested in volunteering
their time to perform at the dinner or sale.
4. Send invitations. Send out invitations out approximately one
month in advance to get the word out to coworkers/students and
clients/parents about the event (see Template 1). Inform
everyone of the cause and get them excited to participate!
Steps to create a fundraiser
5. Advertise. See if you can get an ad or article written in a local
newspaper about the upcoming event. Posters can be made to post
around the office/school or neighborhood. Be sure to include the date,
time, location, and the cause. Another great resource for advertisement is
social media (see Template 3). Let all your followers know about your