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Timeline: How today’s restaurant industry came to be

Here are some key milestones from the last 100 years.

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How restaurants have taught America to work

With about one-tenth of the American workforce in the restaurant space, there’s no denying that industry has had a hand in shaping labor in America.

Back-of-house tech has come a long way since crushed ice dispensers were considered innovative.

After relocating from Kansas City, Mo., to the more central location of Chicago, the National Restaurant Association continued to focus on Depression issues.

The restaurant industry faced a critical challenge when President John F. Kennedy posed a hike in the federal minimum wage as a patriotic way of combating poverty and a growing disparity in incomes.

When war broke out with Iraq over its invasion of Kuwait, U.S. restaurants braced for a downturn in traffic.

Bold attempts to disrupt the business often fizzled, but not before influencing the industry’s direction.

As the entities continue to work together to support the industry, a formal document sets out the rules of interaction.

Here's what Editor-at-Large Peter Romeo learned trekking through 100 years of the restaurant industry.

A deep dive into the industry’s history sheds light on where we’re going.

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