Restaurant Industry Insights

Restaurant News From Around the World

To succeed in the restaurant industry requires such drive and passion that it can consume you. Days turn into months, and one day, you realize you know little about what’s happening in the industry on a global scale. Today, however, we live in a global society where people from different countries share a commonality—the world. 

As environmental, political, and economic issues abound, transcending national boundaries lies at the heart of our success or failure as a whole. But that topic is for another day and probably another publication. Here, we’ll lighten up a bit and take a look at a few of the fun facts occurring around the world in the restaurant industry.

Krispy Kreme Opened with 500 People in Line

Can you imagine? Five hundred people waiting in line for a Krispy Kreme donut? It occurred at the grand opening—the first Krispy Kreme in Paris, France. The French, apparently, love American food chains. Who knew? 

According to the New York Times, France is one of Europe’s top markets for American fast-food chains. Some of the chains vying for their fair share of the market include Popeye’s, KFC, Burger King, Chipotle, Steak n’ Shake, Five Guys, Domino’s, and, of course, Starbucks. Following the U.S., France is where McDonald’s makes the most money. 

In a land of Michelin-starred chefs and restaurants and leisurely dinners that last three hours or longer, where did this love of fast food come from? Like many things in life, social media and American pop culture, as seen through the eyes of Netflix, carries a major influence. 

These brands, however, are adapting. For instance, Krispy Kreme’s apple doughnuts gained a fresher fruit flavor, and their strawberry frosting is a little less sweet. McDonald’s added croissants and a dine-in atmosphere.

Garum and a Restaurant in Spain Made Headlines

Garum, the culinary star of ancient Rome, made headlines as the secret sauce in one of the world’s best restaurants, according to Food & Wine. El Cellar de Can Roca, in Girona, Spain, has become a destination and a restaurant known for complex flavors and techniques. Owned by three brothers, Joan, Josep, and Jordi Roca, they highlighted the importance of garum at the San Sebastian Gastronomika festival.

Popular in the Mediterranean, garum is made from different proteins and is found in many of their dishes. While many varieties exist today, garum is often a combination of proteins, water, and salt left to ferment for up to three months. It’s said to bring a complex umami flavor that elevates any dish it touches. Thanks to specialty stores, you can buy garum that’s made all over the world.

Anticipated Dining Destinations Around the World

There was a time when we explored the world to witness diverse architecture, meet new people from different cultures, and explore the beauty of the land and sea. Today, many people are traveling with their taste buds leading the way. Here are a few restaurants that they’re headed to, according to 50 Best.

  • Crudo Izakaya Latino: Located in the Costa Rican capital of San José, this izakaya-style restaurant comes from Chef Pablo Bonilla. Small plate focused, you’ll find lots of peach palm, octopus, tuna tartare, and the Peruvian dish, tiradito of dorado. In close proximity is Sikwa, the chef’s first restaurant that received the title of the Best Restaurant in Costa Rica in 2023.
  • Minore: This restaurant and cocktail bar in Paris embraces sustainability. At the bar, you’ll find small bites and cocktails that are made from leftovers in the kitchen. Think banana-skin-infused whisky. Wines are biodynamic and natural. Chef Katsuaki Okiyama of Abri and bartender Hugo Combe of Classique have joined forces to create this unique, relaxing Paris bistro that offers a five-course seasonal French menu.
  • Madunia: You’ll find this restaurant, whose name, derived from Mama Dunia, means Mother Earth, in Ibiza, the third largest of the Balearic Islands in Spain. Influenced by his upbringing in Nicaragua, Chef Ivan Arauz Beusink incorporates open-fire cooking and micro-seasonal dishes in a communal eating atmosphere.

The Best Cities for Food Lovers

For foodies looking for an international adventure, these cities made Fine Dining Lovers best destinations for 2024. 

  • Toronto, Canada
  • Zagreb, Croatia
  • Valletta, Malta
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • The UK, outside of London
  • Singapore
  • Milan, Italy
  • Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Miami, Florida

Are you ready to get out your visa and traveling shoes? As some wise and unknown person once said, “Life is short, and the world is wide.”

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