August 22, 2007
What makes one restaurant’s name stand out above others?
Since the only language I know, unfortunately, is English, I appreciate traveling in countries where they speak my language so I can read the signs.
That doesn’t mean I always understand what they say, which was sometimes the case in Australia and New Zealand, where we visited this past winter. In fact, I plan to shortly write a blog about traffic signs and menu items that confused us “Down Under,” for although we may have a “common language,” translations were often needed.
However, for today I just want to share a few of the names of restaurants that caught our attention in Queenstown, New Zealand. One was Joe’s Garage, where we ate breakfast a couple times on the patio which was next to the alley. And I couldn’t resist taking a picture of “The Loaded Hog”.
I first noticed the license at the left and wondered what it meant. Then I looked at the restaurant in front of which the car was parked and the sign on the door (shown on the right) said, “@Thai.” Clever.
According to a report on the web, two people (50% of reviewers) said it was “Outstanding” and two people (the other 50%) said it was “Very Good.” Not a large sample, but even though we didn’t eat there, I’d rate it “Excellent” in the grab-your-attention category.
Here are some other restaurant and pub names that caught my attention:
- The Drunkin’ Duck
- The Flippin Pancakes
- The Hot Toddy
- The Harry Lemon
- The Grumpy Mole Saloon
- Sticky Fingers
- Two Fat Indians and Buddha Bar
- Whole Enchilada
- Six Chairs Missing Restaurant
- Winnie Bagoes
What about you? What restaurant, bar or pub name would you choose so that it might get a customer’s attention? [If you send a non-English name, please include a translation.]
If you were to name a restaurant, what would you call it?
Assuming you could use any of the symbols on the keyboard, which ones would you incorporate into the name?