Damascus is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world (though this is disputed by Byblos/Jbeil in Lebanon and Jericho in Palestine). The BBC reports that it also houses the world's largest restaurant. The Damascus Gate seats over 6,000 diners, and seems to be the ultimate application of fordist mass production to the preparation and serving of food. Its proprietor, Muhammad Samman, insists that although his eatery is effectively a food production line, there is no compromising on quality. "In this part of the world, all people care about is their stomachs, so the food has to be the best."
I really must go to Syria.