According to contemporary historical records, where does the French word for a small restaurant, Bistro, originate?

Answer: At the end of the Napoleonic wars in 1815, many Russian Cossacks occupied Paris. They were notoriously impatient with the local population and demanded quick service from local restaurants. They often repeatedly shouted “bistro!”, similar to the Russian word for “hurry”, and the term stuck.

Source: Paris and Versailles by Robert Colonna d’Istria

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