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BS: Help me name our restaurant

open mike 27 Mar 03 - 12:30 PM
Charley Noble 27 Mar 03 - 11:53 AM
ToulouseCruise 26 Mar 03 - 01:36 PM
Dani 26 Mar 03 - 01:26 PM
ToulouseCruise 26 Mar 03 - 01:23 PM
John MacKenzie 26 Mar 03 - 12:57 PM
Dani 26 Mar 03 - 12:02 PM
Jeri 26 Mar 03 - 10:28 AM
annamill 26 Mar 03 - 09:14 AM
MC Fat 26 Mar 03 - 07:37 AM
katlaughing 26 Mar 03 - 06:22 AM
Mr Red 26 Mar 03 - 06:18 AM
Charley Noble 25 Mar 03 - 05:49 PM
McGrath of Harlow 25 Mar 03 - 04:14 PM
Mr Red 25 Mar 03 - 02:18 PM
Janie 25 Mar 03 - 01:26 PM
JennyO 22 Mar 03 - 10:18 AM
Nemesis 22 Mar 03 - 10:01 AM
Mr Red 22 Mar 03 - 07:29 AM
katlaughing 22 Mar 03 - 04:29 AM
C-flat 22 Mar 03 - 03:46 AM
Dani 21 Mar 03 - 10:42 PM
Tinker 21 Mar 03 - 08:59 PM
Nemesis 21 Mar 03 - 07:46 PM
GUEST,Jambo1874 21 Mar 03 - 06:21 PM
MMario 21 Mar 03 - 03:04 PM
McGrath of Harlow 21 Mar 03 - 02:53 PM
Mr Red 21 Mar 03 - 02:48 PM
Dave the Gnome 21 Mar 03 - 04:52 AM
John MacKenzie 21 Mar 03 - 04:12 AM
Roger the Skiffler 21 Mar 03 - 03:51 AM
Lyrical Lady 21 Mar 03 - 01:09 AM
CarolC 20 Mar 03 - 11:46 PM
catspaw49 20 Mar 03 - 09:46 PM
robomatic 20 Mar 03 - 08:36 PM
McGrath of Harlow 20 Mar 03 - 08:28 PM
Neighmond 20 Mar 03 - 08:12 PM
katlaughing 20 Mar 03 - 07:55 PM
McGrath of Harlow 20 Mar 03 - 07:48 PM
GUEST,ClaireBear 20 Mar 03 - 06:44 PM
GUEST,Jambo1874 20 Mar 03 - 06:43 PM
open mike 20 Mar 03 - 06:33 PM
katlaughing 20 Mar 03 - 05:49 PM
SINSULL 20 Mar 03 - 05:44 PM
Jack the Sailor 20 Mar 03 - 05:16 PM
Allan C. 20 Mar 03 - 04:59 PM
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Mr Red 20 Mar 03 - 03:47 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: open mike
Date: 27 Mar 03 - 12:30 PM

congrats on deciding...hope you get lots of mud catters
at your pub and grub...coming in for their prescription
of food for the body and soul! yum ! get your hot licks
here!


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: Charley Noble
Date: 27 Mar 03 - 11:53 AM

Brian-

Please give some consideration to "Swill and Squeal," one great name for a rib joint. I promise to come by at least once...

Maybe I'll contribute the "Lugs" concept to an all-women band looking for a name, i.e., "The Lug Wenches."

I used to belong to a contradance band called "The Sea Slugs," better known as "The Slugs" for short. Some of the band lived on an island in Casco Bay where there were a lot of summer weddings and we did very well, despite the name.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: ToulouseCruise
Date: 26 Mar 03 - 01:36 PM

It's been that good of an experience, eh?

oh... and despite the name offerings that I suggested, I like Dani's as well... not Dani's Place, or Dani's Restaurant, or Dani's Good Eats and Cold Drinks or anything like that... just Dani's...

btw, what do you think of my duo/band name, Toulouse Cruise? We figure as you get drunker, it becomes more and more like "Two Loose Screws".....


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: Dani
Date: 26 Mar 03 - 01:26 PM

Hey Brian, talk to me BEFORE you do it!!

I forgot to mention that my partner's favorite ideas were a) "Dani's", and b) "Hot Licks". Told him he couldn't name it anything he couldn't tell his mother about ;)

Dani


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: ToulouseCruise
Date: 26 Mar 03 - 01:23 PM

well, with the pharmacy theme, there was a small bar located in my hometown called "Apothecary's" (spelling?), sort of towards the historic side of things...

dunno if it fits your theme though, but someday when *I* own my own pub/restaurant, I will be calling it "The Grub and Grog"... I think.

Best o'luck!
Brian


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 26 Mar 03 - 12:57 PM

Well congrats on your choice Dani, lugs in Scotland mean ears, and fried ears is not a good thought.
Giok


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: Dani
Date: 26 Mar 03 - 12:02 PM

This has been great. Thanks so much for ALL your suggestions. Most made me think really hard about what we're doing, who we are. Some just made me giggle, and I appreciate THAT, too.

We've decided on The James Pharmacy Restaurant. I think that to locals that will be generic enough that they can call it whatever they like (Lueg's, Dani's, whatever) and loose enough that it will evolve into a natural name (James, The James, The Pharmacy) whatever.

Anna, I wish we'd had more time to talk at the Getaway. Do you know Piancone's in Bradley Beach? That place has shaped my culinary career. The caliber of food, and the style of eathing and cooking is where we're headed. If it's still around, and you get a chance, could you grab me some menus? PM for my address if you do. Thanks!!

Dani


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: Jeri
Date: 26 Mar 03 - 10:28 AM

I like "Dani's" because that's what all the locals are gonna (or perhaps already do) call it. "Meet me at Dani's on Fri afternoon." I understand the problem with naming it after yourself though.

How about "My Place" or "Our Place?"
How about "Grits?" (heehee)


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: annamill
Date: 26 Mar 03 - 09:14 AM

Has anyone mentioned "The Pot-Bellied Stove"? Your place kinda sounds like that type of atmosphere. Everybody sitting around talking, playing music. A center of the community. Just a 9:16, before coffee type of an idea.

Good luck Dani.
Love, Annamill


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: MC Fat
Date: 26 Mar 03 - 07:37 AM

I saw a cafe called the Frying Scotsman once or howabout Salmonella'a


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: katlaughing
Date: 26 Mar 03 - 06:22 AM

Could do Dani's backwards or scrambled: Inad's, or strictly speaking, Sinad's:-). Others: Nadi's, Nida's, Aind's, Aidn's

LOL


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: Mr Red
Date: 26 Mar 03 - 06:18 AM

Er you dont want a name that a graffito can turn it into something you would regret. LUGS only needs an S. A Noble suggestion notheless.


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: Charley Noble
Date: 25 Mar 03 - 05:49 PM

How about shortening your current name to LUGS. Sounds like a great place for guys with crowbars/tire wrenches under their arms to hang out. Now I can guess from your website that your place is much more mellow, but sometimes an "in-your-face-name" attracts attention, and those who are in on the joke take satisfaction.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 25 Mar 03 - 04:14 PM

Fountain of Health


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: Mr Red
Date: 25 Mar 03 - 02:18 PM

There is a medical condition known to lexicographers where they see so many words as letters they cannot read anything for about a month.

Dani? How close are you?


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: Janie
Date: 25 Mar 03 - 01:26 PM

How about "The Restaurant Formerly Know as L_U_E_G's That Is Not Now Called Dani's" (Arrgghh, Dani, stop throwing bagels at me!)

Janie


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: JennyO
Date: 22 Mar 03 - 10:18 AM

The Cornucopia Cafe is the name of the place where my folk club meets. It's actually in the grounds of a former psychiatric hospital. I wonder how they came up with the name? Pharmucopia might have been more apt!

My brother sent me a photo of a restaurant with the rather unfortunate name: "Fook Yue" and the question - how do they answer the telephone?

Jenny


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: Nemesis
Date: 22 Mar 03 - 10:01 AM

Pharmucopia .. what am I trying to spell .. like Cornucopia ???


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: Mr Red
Date: 22 Mar 03 - 07:29 AM

I disagree with McGrath of Harlow about puns, though I have to agree it does depend on the quality or the humour, banana skin is not going to be funny for long.


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: katlaughing
Date: 22 Mar 03 - 04:29 AM

Harmony Farm-a-sea/Pharmacy/Fharmacy/Pharm-a-cee

Prescription Cafe


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: C-flat
Date: 22 Mar 03 - 03:46 AM

Maybe you could be "Apothecary Now!"


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: Dani
Date: 21 Mar 03 - 10:42 PM

Hille, you raise a good point. But we can't lose the sign, and people do still walk in looking for aspirin once in a while. We make 'em a milkshake and send them around the corner!

Dani


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: Tinker
Date: 21 Mar 03 - 08:59 PM

I've had differing ideas floatin' in my head all day...

Down Home
Blue Skies
Tasty Tones
Kalidescope
Phancy Pheast

But, I think I like Louie G's the best, every fiddle case walking through the door might give one pause though... It does seem to bring to mind prohibition..

Good Luck


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: Nemesis
Date: 21 Mar 03 - 07:46 PM

Damien Hirst has an achingly cool and trendy restaurant (ie. outrageous prices) in London called Pharmacy .. confuses the heck out of people wandering in for an aspirin ..

Soul Kitchen (not very original though) (?)
Belshazzar's Feast
Beggar's Banquet
Farmacy (ie fresh ingredients)
The Pitch Inn


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: GUEST,Jambo1874
Date: 21 Mar 03 - 06:21 PM

From: katlaughing
Date: 20 Mar 03 - 07:55 PM

Jambo, good points, but I think the reference was to Arlo Guthrie's song Alice's Restaurant.:-)
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I think so too. ;^)

It's just that I can come up with more spurious restaurant references from Lewis Carroll and Douglas Adams.

:^)

P.S. McGrath of Harlow is right - leave the puns (even the hot cross ones).


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: MMario
Date: 21 Mar 03 - 03:04 PM

Why not just name it "Buy food Here"?


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 21 Mar 03 - 02:53 PM

I'd advise you to avoid the puns. Once the novelty wears off, which could take as long as five minutes, such names can get annoying for many people.


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: Mr Red
Date: 21 Mar 03 - 02:48 PM

Dani's Pastry (worth a thought)
Vic Tewl's or Sue Crow's
the Beat Oven
Bach 'n Ale Here
Toccata & Food
Handle's Lager
Jam Sandwiches
6/8 TeaTime
Fashionibble
Good Taste
Plougman's Munch
Stock Options
Loafers
Turn Over
Salsa Cellar
Toasters
Capers

I have more...........


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 21 Mar 03 - 04:52 AM

Tea and Symphony.

Works for me;-)

Cheers

DtG


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 21 Mar 03 - 04:12 AM

Just what the Doctor Ordered
Doctor's Orders
Defries Prescription
Dani's Pharm AC

Giok


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 21 Mar 03 - 03:51 AM

Salmonella Central

OR

Sam 'n' Ella's

....just a thought

RtS
(hiding in the dumpster out back)


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: Lyrical Lady
Date: 21 Mar 03 - 01:09 AM

The Dispensary....Dani's Dispensary.....or if you're going to combine the art of food and music... how about Sweet Arts .... or how about The Barley Twist...in keeping with the jar of candy usually found in old drugs stores.....
I had a restaurant once called the Five Roosters. I had a problem with the racoons one night. They killed off all but one rooster... My beloved restaurant was then known as Four Cocks Short!!!

LL


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: CarolC
Date: 20 Mar 03 - 11:46 PM

In the town where I used to live there is a restaurant called "The Pharmacy". It's a really cool place. The name doesn't seem to throw people off at all. Great food, great ambiance, great music, and my hubby and I had our first "3D" date there.

For some reason the name "Arabella's" popped into my head a few minutes ago.


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: catspaw49
Date: 20 Mar 03 - 09:46 PM

Going with your picture of the place outside and your pharmacy, I'm surprised something like "St. James Confectionary" or something hasn't come up yet.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: robomatic
Date: 20 Mar 03 - 08:36 PM

There was a nice place in Seattle I used to go to called "The Surrogate Hostess". I always liked the name and the place. I doubt they have a patent on it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 20 Mar 03 - 08:28 PM

At Sidmouth one of the main eateries calls itself "Food for Folk" - I doubt if they've patented the name, and it's a log way from Devon to North Carolina.


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: Neighmond
Date: 20 Mar 03 - 08:12 PM

What about the Idle-while?


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: katlaughing
Date: 20 Mar 03 - 07:55 PM

Jambo, good points, but I think the reference was to Arlo Guthrie's song Alice's Restaurant.:-)

It would be neat to tie in teh Douglas Adams connection.


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 20 Mar 03 - 07:48 PM

That soda water fountain you mentioned made me think of the Big Rock Candy Mountain; lots of good names for an eatery in there (and it's a good name in itself). The Crystal Fountain for example.


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: GUEST,ClaireBear
Date: 20 Mar 03 - 06:44 PM

I quite like The Blue Plate (but leave the special for the specials menu) -- or (a nod to the "Dani's" fans) you could start out as "Dani's Blue Plate" til your clientele gets to know you, then drop the Dani's (or drop the Blue Plate, depending on what you find people are actually calling the place).

Great good things --
Claire


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: GUEST,Jambo1874
Date: 20 Mar 03 - 06:43 PM

Picking up on a couple of points in the discussion:

The Tuning Fork is the name of a pub a couple of miles from my house. It's called that because it is located at a Y-shaped junction.

Could you produce a viable name by combining "Dani" with something local, or with part of your partner's name?

I think names based on the pharmacy won't work (IMHO).

I also noticed these magic words when visiting your site: "Believing as many as six impossible things before breakfast".

Maybe whoever cracked that "Alice's" joke earlier in the thread wasn't too far off the mark. The "Alice" books could provide some inspiration. The Looking Glass? Queen Of Hearts? The Lion And The Unicorn?

And don't forget the how Alice was paraphrased by the wonderful Douglas Adams:

"If you've done six impossible things before breakfast, why not round it off with dinner at Milliway's, the restaurant at the end of the universe?"

:^)


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: open mike
Date: 20 Mar 03 - 06:33 PM

i kind of like the idea of combining the music and the food
by including both in the name...such as this suggestion:
Jigs and Meals or Jugs and Reels
or something like that...
the debate society brought up the fact that the term
FORENSICS has two meanings: debate and investigation
as is coroner's murder investigation...best not to
use forensics for a name! (but can anyone explain
why these two meanings for the same word>??)


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: katlaughing
Date: 20 Mar 03 - 05:49 PM

The Do drop in Cafe

I really like the Tuning Fork, too!


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: SINSULL
Date: 20 Mar 03 - 05:44 PM

What and why are wet walnuts?

I may visit just for the grits!


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 20 Mar 03 - 05:16 PM

Dani's Boy

Looeegees

Mighty Veggie

The carrot stick


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: Allan C.
Date: 20 Mar 03 - 04:59 PM

Wow, C-flat, I really like "The Tuning Fork"!


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: C-flat
Date: 20 Mar 03 - 04:32 PM

"The Musical Gastronomer"
"Sing for your Supper"
"Yaskers Pharm"
"The Tuning Fork"
I agree that "Dani's" is a good name!


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: Mr Red
Date: 20 Mar 03 - 03:47 PM

How can I better some of those above (and why should that stop me?)

Bar Getz
Tuna Sandwich
the Drum Kettle
Staff Nosh Station
Aural Gratification (I defy your mind not to wander)
the Ploughman's Bunch
the Food of Love (less subtle but more accessable than that above)
Repast Times
Jigs and Meals or Jugs and Reels
the Mad Platter
Music While You Wok (ref to old UK radio program)
the Musical Noodle
Polonaise

& (only joking)
the Bad Salad, Riff Raphael's, Vilikins and his Diner, HillBully Beef, Corn on the Throb, Swallows and Amazing Tunes, Kitsch Inn, Meal in a Minuet, Cakewalk

On balance I would counsel a name change - you will never please everyone. But it has to be your place, personality sells as much as food.


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: Blues=Life
Date: 20 Mar 03 - 03:21 PM

Old Drug Store Cafe?

James Pharmacy Cafe?

Names of local places are funny things. There used to be a place in Mt. Pleasant, IA called Goo-Cheez. It was not Italian (so it wasn't a mis-spelling of Gucci's) They didn't serve Goo. They hardly served Cheese. Nice restaurant, nice bar, great food, unexplainable name.

I like the looks of the place, Dani, next time I'm up that way I'll stop by.

Good luck,
Blues


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Subject: RE: BS: Help me name our restaurant
From: jeffp
Date: 20 Mar 03 - 02:53 PM

How about

Down on the Pharm
Pharm-Fresh Food
Jack's Pharm - See?

OK, now I'm getting silly.

jeffp


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