Surprising And Fun Facts About Restaurants!

It’s no secret we are big fans of facts. More specifically, it’s no secret we are fans of writing blogs that are fact-infused. Our Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill blog space has played host to tidbits about seafood from your local restaurant, facts about sea life by your favorite tropical restaurant, and even a Florida-fact blog back in the day. So what other kind of fact blog could we write? Well, we put our thinking caps on and the only thing that remains is a restaurant-fact blog. After all, we are a full-service seafood restaurant (mini-chain) with locations in Lake Worth, Vero Beach, Jensen Beach, and beyond. We’ve covered the seafood, we’ve covered Florida, so it’s time to open our readers’ worlds to some little-known, potentially surprising facts about restaurants.


Fact Number One: Mulligan’s Is The Best Seafood Restaurant Around

What, you thought we’d bother to blog about restaurants without explaining what makes our own tropical restaurant so great? Clearly, you need to read more blogs written by Mulligan’s Beach House Bar and Grill. So whether you found this blog by searching something like “restaurants in Vero Beach on the water,” “family restaurants,” or kid friendly restaurants in Vero Beach,” you’d be making a great choice in choosing Mulligan’s. We combine delicious seafood (and landfood) with wonderful waterfront views and world-class Floridian service. That’s why both locals and tourists have come to know Mulligan’s as one of the top places around to find an exceptional dining experience!

Alright, no more false starts — here are some other surprising, if not random, facts about restaurants we hope you enjoy.

  • Half of American adults have worked in the restaurant industry at some point in their lives. We all certainly have!
  • ⅓ of Americans got their very first job working in a restaurant!
  • ⅔ of restaurant consumers eat a wider range of ethnic cuisines when compared with their dining habits from half a decade ago. That’s progress, folks.
  • 80 percent of consumers polled believe that going out to eat with family and/or friends is a better use of their leisure time than having to cook and clean up. We, at Mulligan’s, aren’t going to complain about that belief, but we will say there is something to be said for cooking for one another from time to time.
  • If we genuinely want to talk about social progress, and we do so we will, there has been some encouraging social growth in the restaurant-ownership world. African-American owned restaurants jumped by 49 percent between 2007 and 2012, with the percentage of Hispanic-owned restaurant businesses increasing 51 percent over that same time period!
  • The word restaurant, a French word, originally had the meaning of “restoring.” The first restaurant was founded in Paris and served broths as a means of physical healing.
  • It’s a tie between Spain and the United States of America as to who has the most restaurants within the world’s top 50. Both countries boast seven ‘straunts, if you will, on the list.
  • The world’s biggest restaurant, the Bawabet Dimashq Restaurant in Damascus, seats over 6,000 guests. We can’t even conceptualize running a place like that.
  • It was the English who coined the term “restaurant” to refer to a place of eating. Before that, people were less inspired, if not more practical, with their choice of words, calling restaurants simply “eating-houses.”
  • Fancy restaurants, as in restaurants with Michelin Stars, tend to have a different set of norms than others. For example, it’s common practice for multiple waiters to serve an entire party with the same dish at one time, so that no one has to worry about starting first. Plus, it just looks cool when they all come out together. Perhaps it’s something we’ll consider doing at Mulligan’s from time to time…
  • If your restaurant is adequately high-end, your purse or personal bag might just get its own chair, assuming there is room. Now that’s high society, folks!
  • The ability to call yourself a caviar-serving specialist takes longer than going to school to become a doctor, in many cases at least. The people who make caviar are known as Ikrjanschik (we don’t know if that’s plural or not so we are leaving it as is), and are required to undergo an apprenticeship that lasts at least a decade, if not some 15 odd years! Too bad caviar is awful. Amen.
  • While we are still talking about fine dining, Americans who are planning to go to some fancy European restaurants should be informed about cutlery norms. The table will be set properly, meaning you’ll find a series of forks to the left of your plate with some spoons and knives on the right side. An easy rule to follow is to always work from the outside in. When you are done with your cutlery, put it on the plate — never back on the table. If you do this at a nice establishment in Paris, you’ll probably either get kicked out or food poisoning. Not really, but, you do never know with those curious people.
  • Let’s get back to what we all want to talk about — social equality in the restaurant business. The percentage of women-owned restaurant business jumped 40 percent between 2007 and 2012! We at Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill think that’s a pretty neat statistic.
  • The restaurant industry is supposed to add 1.7 million jobs over the next eight or nine years. We should see over 16 million restaurant jobs in the United States of America by 2026.

Come See Us At Mulligan’s Soon!

If there would be one restaurant-based fact for you to take away from today’s post, our biased opinion is that it should be that Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill is the best seafood restaurant in Vero Beach, Jensen Beach, and Lake Worth. Where else can you find a place that locals and Florida guests alike know and love? Where else can you find a place that offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner for 365 days a year? Where else can you get a Steak n’ Egg Bagel, a Shrimp & Spinach Omelette, or a world-class Lobster Melt while watching waves roll in from the Atlantic?

Not very many other places, to our knowledge.

In our next post, we will continue with the current topic, because, guess what? We haven’t had our fill of restaurant-based facts just yet! We may never be satisfied, it’s tough to say at this point. But in all seriousness, we hope that you enjoyed today’s post. We hope that you get a hankering for some local seafood, masterfully prepared by Mulligan’s. And we hope that you come say hi, whether it’s for Family Night or for Happy Hour – or both! View our Mulligan’s Seafood Menu right here, and come see us soon!