Origin of restaurateurFrench ; from MFr, that which restores ; from Medieval Latin restaurator, one who restores
Origin of restaurateurFrench, from restaurer, to restore; see restaurant.
- The owner of a restaurant.
This is also spelled restauranteur (with an "˜n'), but this is considered erroneous by some, and the form restaurateur (without the "˜n') is preferred in formal writing, and especially in the United Kingdom.
The form restaurateur (without the "˜n') is the earlier form, borrowed from French, while the form restauranteur (with an "˜n') = restaurant + -eur (“(agent) one who") is a later formation, from Anglicized forms, and thus seen by some as an etymological error.
However, restauranteur is widely used, and can be found in formal British writing.