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There a customer can order dishes that he would not be able to enjoy had the restaurant not established a menu on the basis of recipes, ingredients, and practice in preparation.

Could anyone tell me what does the sentence in the box mean? Is it grammatically correct?

Source:Extracted from an unknown book

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This is conditional inversion, a construction in which a condition clause is expressed by subject-auxiliary inversion instead of with if:

... if the restaurant had not established ...
    ↓
... had the restaurant not established ...

Today this is permitted only with the auxiliaries had, were and should, and it has rather an old-fashioned ring.

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