The Rise of the Supermarket Cafe

Where the concept of restaurants in supermarkets came from is not clearly documented, but we do know that supermarkets such as Whole Foods have been offering salad bars, hot food, and casual dining spaces for decades. Prior to that, ancient farmer’s marketplaces and their 20th century counterparts, known as malls, have seemingly always benefited from “food courts” that keep their customers from wandering off the shopping premises. But the the definition of a “supermarket café” I want to talk about here is a freestanding, fully functioning restaurant located within a supermarket. These are cafes descended from grab-and-go salad bars and prepared foods counters that have always been around,

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