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Feb 17, 2011 06:36 PM

where do all these gastropub names come from? [moved from LA]

The Lazy Ox, The Spotted Pig, The Fat Dog, The Blue Boar . . . . what's the deal?
Does anyone know the history or have any idea why gastropubs tend to have these kinds of names?

Fat Dog
2265 Honolulu Ave, Montrose, CA 91020

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  1. An attempt to seem British, I suppose.

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    1. No, comes from Alice in Wonderland.
      The White Rabbit, The Cheshire Cat, The March Hare.....


      1. I'm guessing regardless of whether or not gastropubs want to imply or evoke any Britishness, I think whimsy is a big factor. Gastropubs tend to take their food and drink more seriously, but that's as far as the seriousness goes (except for maybe Father's Office :)). The last think I'd want at a gastropub is to be all long-faced and serious about the world's problems while hovering over a perfectly poured stout and some chu-don't-know-mang pound cake churros at A-Frame. And where they got that name is really obvious if you've gone there, and please do. :)

        Father's Office Bar
        1618 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA

        12565 Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066, USA