A Health food restaurant is a restaurant that serves primarily, or exclusively, health foods. The history of health food restaurants includes their influence on other restaurants, including fast food establishments. The types of foods found at health food restaurants has changed, alongside the changing definition of what constitutes a health food. Other types of restaurants and menus included in this general category include vegetarian, vegan, raw, macrobiotic, organic, and low-fat.
1912 – Ganda Chagan Kapitan opened GC Kapitan, one of the first vegetarian restaurants[where?].
1927 – Due to William Childs' concerns about health, the Childs Restaurants began serving only vegetarian food, known as the Child's Unique Dairy Lunch. However, this meatless menu led to a severe loss of business, and the policy was soon revised.
1943 – By the middle of World War II in Toronto, the public was complaining that conditions in restaurants had deteriorated significantly. In September 1943, The board of health, the Food Control Director, and six restaurant inspectors, decided to meet and to implement improvements in sanitation, and to mandate a semi-annual health inspection and certificate for food handlers.
1965 – Subway was founded by Fred DeLuca and Peter Buck. Subway offered submarine sandwiches and salads as healthy alternatives to fast food restaurants, with franchises throughout the United States and in other countries.
Vegetarian restaurants do not serve meat, but do serve dairy products and eggs. They are generally seen as a healthier type of restaurant, though nutritionists have not identified them as such. There are thousands of restaurants catering to vegetarians around the world. Many restaurants have vegetarian menu items, based significantly on the pressure from the vegetarian movement.