Shakespeare once said “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.” Well dear old Mr. Shakespeare has been dead for 395 years now and have things changed. While ultimately a successful restaurant comes down to great food and amazing service an instantaneously recognizable name can sure bump your business to the next level.
There are many different ways to create a catchy restaurant names. The first and most obvious is to name it after the owner or the chef. There are hundreds of restaurants named after their owner. The first and one of my favorites that comes to mind is Ruth’s Chris Steak House which was founded when Ruth Fertel. But this interesting restaurant name came about when Ms. Fertel purchased Chris’ Steak house and hence Ruths’ Chris Steakhouse was born.
Thinking about restaurants named after the the Chef (and possibly owner) there are hundreds and hundreds, some of our favorites are Bourdain’s, Daniell’s and Chef Boyardee (ok just kidding on the last one!).
Some Examples of Available Restaurant Names:
This is a quick, and catchy way to name a restaurant particularly if you’re already a celebrity Chef or famous but, where does that leave the rest of us? Another problem with naming your restaurant after an individual is what if something should happen to that person, be it death, scandal or just really fall out of favor your restaurant may be in real trouble.
Another way to approach naming your restaurant is consider naming it after your specialty or type of food you server. Think “Lobster Pot” if you are famous for your lobster or seafood in general. Naming your restaurant after a regional specific area “Cajun Wild” if you specialize in Cajun food might be a way to go.
Also consider where your restaurant is going to be located. For example, if you’re going to open a cool line of restaurants near college campuses or focusing on college students, some thing like Campus Bistro might be the name for you.
Now don’t forget imaginative or generally catchy restaurant names. “Suzy’s” is cute and there doesn’t’ even need to be a Suzy. How about “Corner Bistro” or “Down the Road Cafe?”
At the end of the day, a catch or interesting name for your restaurant is one that is meaningful to you and one that will catch the eye of your potential customers. You want your restaurant name to peak someones interest and you need it to be easily communicated and easily remembered.
Recently we’ve come across a very hilarious list of restaurant names that grab attention, some of them might be too risky for our taste but it’s a funny read non-the-less so if you want to check this list on the Delish website, just follow the link.
Lastly, if you’ve seen any cleaver and attention getting restaurant names, please post a link or image below, we’d love to see them!