[Tagging] How to tag a building constructed for a gastronomic purposes?

John Willis johnw at mac.com
Tue Sep 25 00:54:02 UTC 2018

> On Sep 25, 2018, at 2:15 AM, Tobias Zwick <osm at westnordost.de> wrote:
> I find it kind of unfitting to tag those as building=retail because the
> kind of building is almost like a residential one (or like a hotel).

the buildings look like a hotel (or was perhaps a hotel in the past) - but if it is just a restaurant now, then it is building=retail. 

If it is a place where you can rent a private room to sleep, it is a building=hotel with a commercial landuse, a pin for the hotel, and another pin for the restaurant  (the lobby restaurant in hotels is usually a separate mappable place, as it’s purpose, operating hours, and access to the general public is different than the hotel itself. 

there are all kinds of amenities - pubs, restaurants, bed&breakfasts, Ryokans, fast food shops, etc,  But if they take up the entire building, almost all of them would fall into building=retail or building=hotel.  you are tagging the purpose of the building - not it’s design, except in the rarest of cases. 

the building=* tag helps define the rough purpose fo the building - but not the exact purpose. The pin or other tags on the building do that. And that building looks like it wants to sell food to tourists.  ^_^

I understand the “rest stop” nature of the building - there are similar buildings in Japan, some larger complexes registered as official “road stations” often using the nickname "Oasis” with the government, and others that are merely private businesses that provide a place to sit and relax and enjoy a coffee - but mapping the small  private businesses that do this as anything other than a “cafe” or “restaurant” or “convenience store” is very very difficult without some larger complex with a larger landuse with more amenities. 

http://www.nanmoku.ne.jp/modules/oasis/index.php?content_id=4/ <http://www.nanmoku.ne.jp/modules/oasis/index.php?content_id=4/>

an official “Road station” on a very narrow road in the mountains. 

http://michinoeki-shimonita.com <http://michinoeki-shimonita.com/>

A pretty large road station down in the valley. 

they are a collection of several shops and amenities - not a single building with a single purpose. 


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