In earlier time, due to lack of accessibility and shelter travelers were urged to stay in halls often known as Inn. It was very different from present, where people can command caters in Google and gets thousands of results online. If we scan for catering history we have to move back to 600 BC where people would just get a large hall to spend night, sleeping on floor with animals. The scenario in the past was totally different.
Today, if we search for caters we can easily get access to finest cuisine. But in the past, travelers didn’t have any options apart from few inns which were built and operated by the donation of religious people and trust. Romans created a milestone in cuisine industry by building numbers of inns near highway which provided food and lodging. By 17th century cafeteria and coffee shop came into existence. In 18th mass catering was commenced. Gradually modern catering evolved from inns, coffee shop, and cafeteria which became popular when commercialized.