HOME > Chowhound > Not About Food >
What are you cooking today? Tell us about it

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

LotusRapper Jan 8, 2014 02:23 PM

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

  1. w
    wattacetti Jan 8, 2014 05:39 PM

    La Vache espagnole

    1. Gastronomos Jan 8, 2014 05:51 PM

      Generic Mediocrity du jour

      1. njmarshall55 Jan 8, 2014 06:45 PM

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

        1. s
          small h Jan 8, 2014 06:50 PM

          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.

          2 Replies
          1. re: small h
            LotusRapper Jan 8, 2014 10:45 PM

            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
              small h Jan 9, 2014 07:03 PM

              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.


          2. f
            fourunder Jan 8, 2014 10:22 PM

            Bigger Hooters...Fried Chicken Breasts of course.

            2 Replies
            1. re: fourunder
              treb Jan 16, 2014 01:24 PM

              How about Bee Stings?

              1. re: treb
                chartreauxx Jan 18, 2014 03:41 PM

                what do they serve, quail lollipops?

            2. nokitchen Jan 8, 2014 10:31 PM

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

              1 Reply
              1. re: nokitchen
                mucho gordo Jan 16, 2014 01:11 PM

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

              2. r
                ricepad Jan 8, 2014 10:45 PM

                The Mush Room.

                1. v
                  Vidute Jan 8, 2014 11:29 PM

                  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. PotatoHouse Jan 9, 2014 03:10 AM

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

                    1. 4
                      4X4 Jan 9, 2014 04:40 AM

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

                      1 Reply
                      1. re: 4X4
                        LotusRapper Jan 9, 2014 07:30 AM

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

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

                      2. PotatoHouse Jan 9, 2014 05:11 AM

                        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. d
                          DragonDrumsticks Jan 9, 2014 09:57 AM

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

                          1 Reply
                          1. re: DragonDrumsticks
                            LotusRapper Jan 9, 2014 01:41 PM

                            Or The Mad Cow. ;-)

                          2. 4
                            4X4 Jan 10, 2014 04:22 AM

                            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. f
                              Fydeaux Jan 10, 2014 06:13 AM

                              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. e
                                Eatyummyfood Jan 10, 2014 08:13 AM

                                Burnt Toast

                                3 Replies
                                1. re: Eatyummyfood
                                  porker Jan 19, 2014 08:26 AM

                                  I know a woman nick named Burnt Toast...

                                  1. re: porker
                                    LotusRapper Jan 19, 2014 08:29 AM

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

                                    1. re: porker
                                      Bellachefa Jan 19, 2014 10:58 AM

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

                                  2. z
                                    Zalbar Jan 10, 2014 08:13 AM

                                    That's easy and a no brainer for me


                                    1. h
                                      HillJ Jan 11, 2014 07:41 AM

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

                                      1 Reply
                                      1. re: HillJ
                                        Puffin3 Jan 16, 2014 06:25 AM

                                        '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. s
                                        spazita Jan 16, 2014 01:52 PM

                                        Sam and Ella's Seafood Palace.

                                        1. j
                                          jarona Jan 16, 2014 04:22 PM

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

                                          1 Reply
                                          1. re: jarona
                                            Beach Chick Jan 17, 2014 05:56 AM

                                            LOVE Dinky Soleil!

                                            Some of my fave people and pets are named Dinky.

                                          2. p
                                            pedalfaster Jan 16, 2014 04:31 PM

                                            Someone already took my idea:

                                            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).

                                            4 Replies
                                            1. re: pedalfaster
                                              LotusRapper Jan 16, 2014 04:44 PM

                                              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
                                                rmarisco Jan 16, 2014 06:52 PM

                                                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
                                                  LotusRapper Jan 16, 2014 09:49 PM


                                                  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
                                                porker Jan 19, 2014 08:34 AM

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

                                                Fud is also a Mexican coldcut brand...

                                                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. m
                                                madeliner Jan 16, 2014 09:56 PM

                                                the last stand

                                                1. b
                                                  Bellachefa Jan 16, 2014 10:06 PM

                                                  In-N-Out Chili Howse.

                                                  1. SaraAshley Jan 16, 2014 10:11 PM

                                                    Big ol' bitties

                                                    1. LotusRapper Jan 16, 2014 10:54 PM

                                                      A bakery/patisserie called Puff The Choux Choux Train


                                                      1. Bill Hunt Jan 17, 2014 07:02 PM

                                                        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.


                                                        4 Replies
                                                        1. re: Bill Hunt
                                                          ricepad Jan 18, 2014 03:25 PM

                                                          And if in New Orleans…?

                                                          1. re: ricepad
                                                            porker Jan 19, 2014 08:35 AM

                                                            Hunt's Place?

                                                          2. re: Bill Hunt
                                                            hazelhurst Jan 19, 2014 08:35 AM

                                                            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
                                                              porker Jan 19, 2014 08:53 AM

                                                              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. suzigirl Jan 18, 2014 03:30 PM

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

                                                            2 Replies
                                                            1. re: suzigirl
                                                              Tripeler Jan 19, 2014 06:41 AM

                                                              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
                                                                suzigirl Jan 19, 2014 10:30 AM

                                                                Good name for a bagel shop.

                                                            2. LotusRapper Jan 18, 2014 04:41 PM

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

                                                              4 Replies
                                                              1. re: LotusRapper
                                                                jarona Jan 19, 2014 03:23 AM

                                                                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
                                                                  LotusRapper Jan 19, 2014 08:24 AM

                                                                  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
                                                                    jarona Jan 19, 2014 08:46 AM

                                                                    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
                                                                      LotusRapper Jan 19, 2014 08:49 AM

                                                                      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. EWSflash Jan 19, 2014 07:16 AM

                                                                Le Inn de Gestionne

                                                                1. atheorist Jan 19, 2014 08:20 AM

                                                                  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. e
                                                                    ellaf Jan 19, 2014 08:23 AM


                                                                    1. porker Jan 19, 2014 08:47 AM

                                                                      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....

                                                                      1 Reply
                                                                      1. re: porker
                                                                        LotusRapper Jan 19, 2014 09:51 AM

                                                                        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:

                                                                        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. BobB Jan 21, 2014 06:58 AM

                                                                        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.

                                                                        Show Hidden Posts