restaurant_service_type_code indicates if the Place is a full or limited service restaurant. Full service represents places with table service (meaning a wait staff serves customers at their table). Limited service represents places where table service is not available. This could include certain types of buffets, places where ordering and pickup is done at the register, etc.
Service Type is assigned in two ways:
- At a chain level, meaning Infogroup has made the determination that certain chains are always full service or limited service. For example, Applebee's will be flagged as Full Service while McDonald's will be flagged as Limited Service.
- By keyword, meaning Infogroup makes assumptions on whether a restaurant offers full or limited service based on the presence of certain keywords in the business name. For example, businesses with the word "Steakhouse" in the name will be flagged as Full Service.
In the Infogroup database, Eating & Drinking establishments can include a wide range of categories including restaurants, bars, wineries, coffee shops, and more.