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What is a counter service restaurant?

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A counter service restaurant is defined as a food service location where customers order and pay for their food at a counter, and then pick up their food from that same counter when it is ready. Meals may be prepared on-site or delivered from another location. Counter service restaurants are often found in fast food establishments, cafeterias, and coffee shops.

What are some examples of a counter service restaurant?

  • McDonald’s
  • Subway
  • Panera Bread
  • Dunkin’ Donuts
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Starbucks
  • Moe’s Southwest Grill
  • Five Guys
  • Dairy Queen

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