Published on March 31st, 2012 | by Louisa Peterson7
What is in a name? The pun-tastic world of restaurant names
From the perspective of a restaurateur, naming your establishment is a tricky thing. Do you go for something that tells people the style of food you’re serving and where it is? what about a pop culture reference? or just something that sounds cool? or do you go for the pun?
Many restaurant and cafe owners choose the straightforward option. Marrickville Thai & Seafood is a case in point. As customers, there’s no confusion about what kind of food the restaurant serves and where it is. This can definitely make it easier if you’re trying to organise a night out with friends.
Another popular choice is to give your establishment a person’s name, like Annie’s Restaurant or Micky’s Cafe. It doesn’t matter whether this person is real or fictional, a name like that just sounds friendly and inviting – “See you at Micky’s!”.
On the other hand, going for the pun can be a risky, yet memorable option. Is it funny enough to transcend the groan-factor? or is it so bad it’s good?! Is the reference a culinary turn-off? how many layers of meaning are being milked? there’s no doubt that Thai restaurateurs in particular have been making the most of the pun-tastic possibilities for years now
At Delivery Hero, we want to know what you reckon. What’s the best restaurant or cafe name you’ve seen? did the place live up to its name?
Our current favourite is “Lord of the Fries“. What’s yours?? (if you have photographic proof of it’s existence, even better!)