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A 2,000 year-old fast-food joint discovered by archaeologists in Pompeii will open to tourists this summer. Take a look inside.

TOPSHOT - This picture released on December 26, 2020 by the Pompei Press Office shows a thermopolium, a sort of street "fast-food" counter in ancient Rome, that has been unearthed in Pompei, decorated with polychrome motifs and in an exceptional state of preservation. - The counter frozen by volcanic ash had been partly unearthed in 2019 but the work was extended to best preserve the entire site, located at the crossroads of rue des Noces d'Argent and rue des Balcons. (Photo by Luigi Spina / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / POMPEI PRESS OFFICE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo by LUIGI SPINA/AFP via Getty Images)

A 2,000-year-old fast-food and drink counter, which was excavated last year in the streets of the ancient Roman city Pompeii, will open to the public this summer.

The Telegraph reported that the opening date is set for August 12 for the “thermopolium,” which is Latin for “hot-drink counter.”

The counter and surrounding area was discovered in the archaeological park’s Regio V site. It had once offered its Roman customers culinary treats including pork, fish, snails, and beef, traces of which were found at the site.

Duck bone fragments were also found, as well as crushed fava beans, which were used to modify the taste of wine.


The counter, which is decorated with brightly colored frescos with deep circular jar holders, is the first one out of 80 to be found in what is considered to be a good condition, given its age. 

“As well as bearing witness to daily life in Pompeii, the possibilities to analyze afforded by this thermopolium are exceptional because for the first time we have excavated a site in its entirety,” said Massimo Osanna, director general at the Archaeological Park of Pompeii, according to The Guardian.


Pompeii was entombed in ash and pumice when the nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD79, killing between 2,000 and 15,000 people. Since its ruins were unearthed in the 16th century, archaeologists have dug up around two-thirds of the site. 

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