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If you opened a restaurant, what would you call it ?

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Inspired by the ever-funny Bad Names thread, I thought this may be a nice spin-off.

So if you were to open a restaurant, cafe, bar, what-have-you, what would you name it ?

I've always thought it'd be fun to open a sundaes and milkshakes place called "MOOVERS & SHAKERS" :-D

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  1. La Vache espagnole

    1. Generic Mediocrity du jour

      1. "Leftovers"...serve only those things that are better the second day.

        1. Ducky's, and it would serve spaghetti sandwiches and Mongolian barbecue. Do NOT steal this idea, or I will be very cross. My college roommate and I came up the concept. It was late and we were...thoughtful.

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          1. re: small h

            One of my friends suggested he'd open a duck-only resto called Ducked :-D

            Maybe the waiters can all dress like Phil Robertson .....

            1. re: LotusRapper

              Leaving aside everything else that makes me not love Phil Robertson, I think being waited on by someone with such unruly facial hair would make me suspect that some of it had made its way into my food.

              Your friend can call his restaurant Duck U. There's already a Pluck U, but it's chicken, so, like, totally different.

              http://pluckunewyork.com/

          2. Bigger Hooters...Fried Chicken Breasts of course.

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            1. re: fourunder

              How about Bee Stings?

              1. re: treb

                what do they serve, quail lollipops?

            2. I'd open an old-school truckstop/rest stop and call it Eat Here and Get Gas.

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              1. re: nokitchen

                You're too late. I saw that on a sign back east many years ago in CT, IIRC.

              2. The Mush Room.

                1. My restaurant's name was inspired by the sign above one of my office's copiers "please lower lid when 'finshed' ".

                  Ergo "Fin Shed", and, of course, it would feature fish and crabs.

                  1. I would move to Moose Pass Alaska and open a gas station/diner and call it Moose Pass Gas.

                    1. Since I live near University of Maryland and I would love to open a barbecue joint, "College Pork."

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                      1. re: 4X4

                        ..... or it could also be "Animal House".

                        And the daily menu special ? "Food Fight", LOL

                      2. I have thought about opening a restaurant/lounge here in town called "The Student Lounge", of course the target customers would be students of our community college and university. I would use a couple of small school bus-type shuttles to and from the schools and sell t-shirts that say "I ride the short bus..." on the front and "...to The Student Lounge" on the back.

                        I have thought about this way too much.

                        1. The Boozy Floozy- It will be reminiscent of a dairy bar, but also serve dessert drinks w/alcohol in them.

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                          1. re: DragonDrumsticks

                            Or The Mad Cow. ;-)

                          2. How about a pho place, combined with one of those restaurant/bars where the gimmick is the servers are intentionally rude to the customers? You could call it Pho Q!

                            1. I had a friend in college who had plans to open a restaurant called Paul's Little Italy. His name was Paul, and no Italian food would be served. That's the kind of guy he is.

                              1. Burnt Toast

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                                1. re: Eatyummyfood

                                  I know a woman nick named Burnt Toast...

                                  1. re: porker

                                    My only question to her would be: "Rye ??"

                                    1. re: porker

                                      My guess is that it was a bullying nick name and not a name of endearment.

                                  2. That's easy and a no brainer for me

                                    B.R.L.

                                    1. Toast of the Town. - breakfast and comfort food cafe.

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                                      1. re: HillJ

                                        'Closing Soon'

                                        We saw a restaurant in Revelstoke BC that had a well used pink toilet and a well used blue toilet on either side of the main entrance. Just sitting there. Lids up.
                                        We called it 'The Crumb Bummer'.

                                      2. Sam and Ella's Seafood Palace.

                                        1. Dinky Soleil (named after my S.O.'s grandfathers home in St. Tropez--I love the way "Dinky Soleil" sounds!

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                                          1. re: jarona

                                            LOVE Dinky Soleil!

                                            Some of my fave people and pets are named Dinky.

                                          2. Someone already took my idea:
                                            http://eatfud.com/

                                            We always refer to feeding our pets FüD.
                                            Plus I like that as an acronym it stands for "Fear Uncertainty Doubt" which pretty much sums up any restaurant venture.

                                            Have any of the KC chowhounds visted the above restaurant? Would love to hear your thoughts (especially since we are vegetarian).

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                                            1. re: pedalfaster

                                              We had a few Fuddruckers around here in the '90s. They eventually retreated and went back south of the 49th parallel. Romano's other venture, the Macaroni Grill, also was here for a few years and it too closed.

                                              1. re: LotusRapper

                                                where do you live? might be worth moving there just to get away from all the crappy chains...

                                                you probably still have walmart though, right? sigh...

                                                1. re: rmarisco

                                                  Vancouver.

                                                  Lots of Walmarts here. Costcos, Home Depots have been around since the '80s. Target just landed, with three starting and many more to come. There is only one Lowe's which is too bad.

                                                  Nordstroms is taking over the retail space in downtown that used to be the defunct Eaton's (then later Sears) flagship store:

                                              2. re: pedalfaster

                                                It may also be an acronym for Female Urinary Device...

                                                Fud is also a Mexican coldcut brand...
                                                http://www.bar-sfoods.com/brand-fud.php

                                                Mrs Porker and I'd be in a Mexican crocery and ask each other "Want some fud?"
                                                or "where's the fud?"
                                                or "no fud today"
                                                Childish, but we were nippin on tequila and giggled our way through the store.

                                              3. the last stand

                                                1. In-N-Out Chili Howse.

                                                  1. Big ol' bitties

                                                    1. A bakery/patisserie called Puff The Choux Choux Train

                                                      :-D

                                                      1. It would depend on where this restaurant was.

                                                        In Hawai`i, it would be: Auntie Linda's House of New Orleans Cuisine.

                                                        In Paris, it would be: Maison de Hunt New Orleans Cuisine

                                                        In London, it would be: Chateau Hunt - New Orleans Cuisine

                                                        In Phoenix, it would be: New Orleans Fine Cuisine

                                                        Elsewhere, there are variables.

                                                        Hunt

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                                                        1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                          And if in New Orleans…?

                                                          1. re: ricepad

                                                            Hunt's Place?

                                                          2. re: Bill Hunt

                                                            I think you are on the right track. My legendasry open mind--that allows any color of bathroom so long as it is black-and-white tile--says that restaurants should have the name of the founder in the business name. there are a few exceptions but I probably should not admit even those.

                                                            1. re: hazelhurst

                                                              Funny, I actually started a coupla restaurants and having my name as part of the restaurant's name always seemed distasteful to me.
                                                              But thats me and *my* restaurants, doesn't bother me a bit for other joints...

                                                          3. A bagel shop named Lox, Stocks and Bagels.
                                                            A deli named Eat Your Heart Out
                                                            A food truck named Snack Attack

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                                                            1. re: suzigirl

                                                              I have heard of a bagel shop named Boogie Woogie Bagel Boy.

                                                              Also, there was a pop/rock group named Snack Attack about 20 years ago...

                                                              1. re: Tripeler

                                                                Good name for a bagel shop.

                                                            2. Offally Good - a resto specializing in dishes made with, you know.

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                                                              1. re: LotusRapper

                                                                I would travel anywhere to go to your resto! Rognon au Mustard--my favorite dish of all time would be the first dish I try...then Pig Cheeks...then a nice tongue sandwich...OOOOOOhhh boy! I would be offally satisfied and ofally happy!

                                                                1. re: jarona

                                                                  My offal regulars tend to come from Chinese/Korean/Vietnamese cuisines (but not exclusively), only because it's so readily available here on most restaurant menus. Whether it's tripe, liver, kidney, tendon, tongue, tail, intestines, gizzards, pig blood ..... it's all good. As braised, stir-fried, deep-fried, blanched, what-have-you.

                                                                  One of my fave dishes is Hunan-style stir-fried pig kidney, a dish that curiously I'd avoid like the plague in my youth but now in my more "mature" years have come to enjoy and love.

                                                                  Even deep-fried gizzards at supermarket hot delis where they sell fried chicken etc. I find are good. However that's becoming rare and hard to find. I remember in the '70s and '80s that Kentucky Fried Chicken sold gizzards.

                                                                  Never had Rognon au Mustard but I just Googled it and it looks good.

                                                                  1. re: LotusRapper

                                                                    I make kidneys in mustard all the time. Can't get enough. LOL--I remember when we were kids, my sibs and I would actually fight over who got the gizzards when my mother made chicken. She raised us well! Hmmm.Hunan-style stir-fried pig kidney sounds mighty fine!

                                                                    1. re: jarona

                                                                      We are natural dining companions, then. That is if there's enough gizzards :-)

                                                                      While Googling for good pics of Hunan stir-fried pig kidney I came across this site: http://showshanti.com/father-in-hunan...

                                                                      which made me SO hungry !

                                                              2. Le Inn de Gestionne

                                                                1. I want to have a pizzeria where the special is like omakase. You come in, I chat you up a bit and invent a surprise combination pizza for you. And you better like it.

                                                                  Pizza Nazi.

                                                                  1. Eye90

                                                                    1. I thought of a resto where various cuts and types of meat are on display and the customer chooses which one (or combo) gets ground on-the-spot for his burger.
                                                                      Maybe "Grind One Out"
                                                                      or "The Daily Grind"

                                                                      Also thought of opening a 1935 Shanghai themed bar like the one in Indiana Jones (in the movie its called Club Obi Wan), have lotsa cheesy sterotypical stuff, and call it "The Happy Chinaman".
                                                                      Alas, this is unappropriate and incorrect....

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                                                                      1. re: porker

                                                                        Creative. But The Happy Chinaman would just not go well from a PR perspective no matter how well-intended you are. On that vein, you can have a cute busboy named "Short Round" ......

                                                                        There's a somewhat similar concept to yours here in our town:
                                                                        http://bao-bei.ca/

                                                                        The Daily Grind ..... perfect for cafes too, to which it seems to be a cliched name already: https://www.google.ca/search?q=daily+...

                                                                      2. I have long had a never-to-be-fulfilled fantasy of opening a restaurant that serves hot & spicy foods from around the globe. I'd call it The Pyrogustomaniacal Tavern.