A restaurant, more formally an abode, is a place where people dine in private or as groups or as organized groups under the regulation of a government body; such as the local, state or national government. Many modern restaurants are multi-purpose and may have a bar area, dining area and kitchen area all together; or may have only one or two dining areas, and a kitchen area. Other restaurants may just serve a single food (such as a pancake house might just serve pancakes) or may serve two or more foods, all prepared at some central location. Modern restaurants and hotels are designed to attract customers by providing attractive furnishings, waiting areas and facilities that would otherwise be available only to businesses. Some of the more common features of a modern restaurant include a choice of fully air-conditioned or partially air-conditioned (sometimes all-inclusive restaurants); a choice of dining from a menu which can vary from ‘Chinese’ to ‘Indian’ or ‘Korean’ (or any other culture) and also a choice of how the food is presented to the customers; and the use of a ‘smelling device’ to alert the diners to the presence of certain foodstuffs. If you wish to learn more about this, visit Ocala Downtown Market Restaurant – Ocala Restaurants

Most modern restaurants are open for business for a limited period of time and/or at lunch only. However, some restaurants may open for a longer period of time, such as a Sunday afternoon breakfast restaurant or a popular night club, sometime after closing down for the day. It is very rare for any restaurant to serve alcoholic beverages, but in some countries it is widely accepted that drinking alcohol at restaurants is part of the social responsibility of the people making use of the facilities. But this practice is subject to strict rules and regulations, and in some places, if it is allowed at all, it has to be done on a very strictly monitored basis. Many countries have banned the drinking of alcoholic beverages in restaurants and even prohibit them altogether, in view of the damage that could be caused by consuming too much alcohol.

Most restaurants serve alcoholic beverages only at the bar area or counter level, and many of those that do serve alcohol only allow customers who are over the age of 21 to drink. Some restaurants may have’underage drinkers areas, where parents can keep an eye on their children as they drink their meals. Most restaurants serve meals only and do not serve cocktails, unless they specialize in food services (which is not generally the case).