a temporary cafe

amby

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chinese
What do you call this kind of shop in English?
When you go to an amusement partk, you can find a cafe/or a restaurant that sells snacks, such as hot dogs . I am not talking about about a regular cafe or resaurant in a street. It' is really small, the munu is very limited, and you can find only one or two people that can serve you. There are no tables.
 
  • perpend

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    American English
    Maybe a "kiosk", amby, but the context is sketchy and varies all across the English- and non-English-speaking world. :)
     

    DocPenfro

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    English - British
    A "kiosk", "stall" or "stand". Of these, "kiosk" is probably the most likely if they were selling food, e.g. "an ice-cream kiosk". The other two suggest a temporary or mobile quality, e.g. "a hot-dog stand".
     

    LilianaB

    Banned
    Lithuanian
    If they are on the street, usually outside of cafes or restaurants, they are called street cafes. Maybe a park cafe would fit. Do they have waiters there?
     

    Hermione Golightly

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    British English
    I call that sort of thing a 'stand'. The streets of NYC are full of them in the day. They are like huge metal boxes with metal shutters with space only for one vendor inside. Some are in place only in the mornings for the breakfast trade. Others specialise in snacks like hot dogs. They are shuttered up at the end of business and are then pulled away by a car or a van or dragged away by manpower. In the UK and in Europe large vans are commonly used for temporary selling in street markets or fairgrounds. I can't think of any special name for the vans. Mobile snack vans or mobile market stands. A 'stall' to me is more like a cart or a table, while 'kiosk' suggests a tiny little shop that might be part of a bigger shop but it has a counter on the street front for quick sales and it's permanent.
    I expect terminology varies widely.
    Hermione
     

    perpend

    Banned
    American English
    Amby doesn't really say that it's mobile ... Hmmm. I'd call that a "food truck" in California, Hermione. Interesting topic.
     

    Hermione Golightly

    Senior Member
    British English
    I must say I was thinking of those travelling fun-fairs that turn up for a week or two. I only know about amusement parks and funfairs from the movies. Anyway I'd call such a food or snack- selling place, a "stand". I think of newspapers, tobacco goods and bits and bobs for kiosks, or those old style red British telephone kiosks.

    Hermione
     
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