Thermopoliums

Thermopolium

The Romans were known for the thermopolium, a forerunner of the modern day restaurant.

Those small restaurants were much like corner bars (thermopolia).  These thermopolia frequently had an L-shaped counter with inset jars to hold food and to keep it warm.  

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Above Street-side counter with clay pots (dolia) for food, Thermopolium at Pompeii.

 

From the setup and use we may as well accept that thermopolia as the first “fast-food” restaurants, an early version Burger King.

During the reign of terror by the Hun’s visiting Europe steak tartar was first introduced.

by helmut schonwalder