You've probably seen them thousands of times, but did you know that a large majority of the shops and restaurants in GTA III are (or were) actual businesses that were operating in New York circa 2000 at the time that III was being developed? I discovered this by accident when going through txd.img and looking up a few of the shop names. This is what I've found so far:
Note there are more, mostly in the Ghost Town area in cases such as Trattoria Spaghetto but as you just saw plenty of them were on the regular accessible map, so I wonder how R* were never sued for copyright reasons considering these are real places that were put in the game without changing their logos/names. On some of them you can see they changed the phone numbers, but the names were left intact to a lesser or greater degree, a lot of them remaining completely unchanged.
>inb4 "who cares lol it's a 15 y/o game"
Just thought it was something interesting in III that I haven't seen many people talk about, with the wiki making vague mentions on certain articles. Also an excuse to test out my compacted post spoiler format which I plan to put into use on a much larger scale for an upcoming thread of much more importance.