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efenster's avatar

Can you help name the restaurant we are building?

Asked by efenster (5 points ) July 3rd, 2008

We’re building an organic restaurant in berkeley, ca and are trying to find the right name. not an easy process! if you can help that would be amazing!! here are some things to help:

Guidelines for Selecting our Name
1. Fully accessible to a broad range of demographics, from students to seasoned foodies
2. Appetizing, conveys clean, fresh feeling
3. Notable, remarkable
4. Must have meaning, inspiration related to our values
5. Easy to recognize and pronounce
6. Not too hippy or earthy
7. Elegant but not too fancy or edgy
8. Related to food

Words and Values Relevant to our Name Selection
1. Food
2. Community
3. Family
4. Sustainability
5. Connectedness
6. Fresh
7. Vibrant
8. Colorful
9. Seasonal
10. High Quality
11. Abundant
12. Gratitude
13. Possibility
14. Creativity
15. Hope
16. Unique
17. Delicious
18. Positive
19. Crops
20. Seasons
21. Plants
22. Harvest
23. Local
24. Locavore

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75 Answers

marinelife's avatar

Farm Table

or Farm to Table

marinelife's avatar

You may be freighting it a little heavily to ask it to carry all of that. You really just want it to be evocative.

gimmedat's avatar

Seasons’ Best

marinelife's avatar

Sensory Feast

writerini's avatar

@marina bounty reminds me of toilet paper! lol

writerini's avatar

The Earthen Eats.

marinelife's avatar

Right, writerini, next you’ll be saying that about my screen name too! :)

Dog's avatar

Earth’s Blessings

Abundant Earth

Farmer’s Joy

marinelife's avatar

Sit, Eat, Savor

wildflower's avatar

Nature’s Kitchen
Naturally
The Harvester

robmandu's avatar

Café Frescetta

marinelife's avatar

I like Naturally, wildflower!

writerini's avatar

Mother Nature’s Gardeney Yum Yum Land

From the Ground Up

AstroChuck's avatar

The Good Earth or The Bountiful Earth.

marinelife's avatar

Simple Goodness

gimmedat's avatar

Lettuce Sit and Eat

writerini's avatar

Mother Nature’s

writerini's avatar

I love “Lettuce Sit and Eat” gimmedat!

wildflower's avatar

If it’s a licensed restaurant: Hops, Crops & Table-tops

writerini's avatar

Home Crops

Farming Neighbors

wildflower's avatar

The New Leaf (encouraging a change in lifestyle…)

gimmedat's avatar

Nature’s Cafe

writerini's avatar

Sunny Sprouts

xxporkxsodaxx's avatar

Caffè biologico

it doesn’t sound to great so how about

Café naturali (no spelling error with the fs)

jlm11f's avatar

@ wildflower – i like “the new leaf”

writerini's avatar

Harvest Season

wildflower's avatar

Entwine (connectedness, family, abundant, creative, plant – not to mention you can market “Wine and dine at Entwine”)
thanks marina and PnL

TrenchMouth's avatar

Fresh Connection

Good luck. Opening a restaurant has always sounded stressful to me.

TheHaight's avatar

I love gimmedats Lettuce Sit and Eat! Very clever and cute. I can’t think of any right now, but I’ll try and be back if I do!

robmandu's avatar

I like gimmedat’s own name for a restaurant: Gimmedat!

charliecompany34's avatar

why not just “wildflower.”

brownlemur's avatar

Food for the Average Gaea

gimmedat's avatar

Thanks guys, I feel the lurve!

gimmedat's avatar

Table of Plenty (it’s a church song, how perfect?)

gimmedat's avatar

Natural Kind

Nature’s Kitchen (was that already used?)

whatthefluther's avatar

For the following, 3D and DDD (Triple D) stand for: Delightful, Delectable and Delicious, but if they remember your name due to some other meaning, who cares…they remembered your name:
Dine in 3D or 3D Dining
3D Naturally
Naturally DDD or All Natural DDD Dining
DDD, Naturally

Harp's avatar

Zest
Thyme and Place
Tendril
Potager (po-ta-zhay) (French for “backyard garden”)

Megan64's avatar

I like “Roots” and “Farm Table” best. How about just “Table?” Where’s your restaurant going to be? Maybe it could be xyz + restaurant name.

efenster's avatar

Wow – thank you all so much for this first blast of potential names. I don’t think we’ve got it yet from this list, but there are some very cool ones! I really like Entwine, Oasis, and many others.

we want to make sure not to sound too earthy, but bring the sound and feeling of nature, organic food and community through the name. it needs to be accessible. one we really like is Avani which is Earth in sanskrit. pretty word with deep meaning. we are currently playing with more than one word to open the field. trying to come up with something more snappy and fun like Stone Soup, or Edible Grove.

keep playing and we’ll see if we can’t come up with the final one. If someone gets it, we’ll be sure to send a gracious gift!

Thanks,
Eric

charliecompany34's avatar

be sure to go with a one-word title as you select. example: notice most of the really well-attended restaurants in new york, chicago, atlanta are 1-word “eyecatchers” that speak volumes about what’s inside. you could call it “harold” or “tomato” or even “full” and for some odd reason, people will gravitate to it just because it evokes curiousity. some of the coolest trendiest dives in chicago are “one-name” restaurants. boil down all your nuances and come up with one word that says it all.

gimmedat's avatar

Common Earth

Serendipity

marinelife's avatar

I like a man who can break his own rules. I like the sound of Avani, but I hardly think Sanskrit can be described as “accessible to a broad range of demographics,” but then being able to break those rules opens up your possibilities.

Avani sounds interesting, welcoming and unique.

efenster's avatar

very few people would actually know that Avani is Sanskrit until they read about it on the menu. the question is do we use a word that doesn’t conjure up an image of anything like Avani and just sounds inviting, or do we try to come up with a word or phrase that people recognize (like… Dandelion). problem with these is that everyone has an opinion on how it hits them. tough thing to pull off!

Harp's avatar

It sounds like you’re trying to evoke associations, in which case you’re going to have to use common vocabulary.

Standswithacane's avatar

It’s All Good, Basil Rathbone’s, Garden of Eden, Onion Patch, Ocean Springs, Spring Valley, Paradise, Utopia, Good Eats (wait that’s taken), Flower Mound, Seabreeze, City Market, Country Market, Clouds, Morning Mist, Evening Mist, DuckNShuckIt (careful).

Hey, you said keep playing. Let me know if I get partial credit.

Zaku's avatar

Just personal feedback on a few of the great suggestions:

I want to go to someplace called “Flower Mound”! I am curious about what’s there…

I also want to go to Paradise, Utopia, and It’s All Good, but I will be disappointed and forever suspicious if anything is ever less than good. ;-)

Wildflower also sounds nice.

Standswithacane's avatar

Cedar Springs, Sequoia.

SuperMouse's avatar

Naturally Yours or Your, Naturally

boffin's avatar

“B.O.”

Berkeley Organic

jlm11f's avatar

BO makes me think of “bad odor“haha sorry boffin

TheHaight's avatar

Me too, Boffin!

marinelife's avatar

Or, even worse for an establishment serving food, body odor.

shockvalue's avatar

I guess cafe gratitude is taken. Haha.

Dog's avatar

” Ohhhh YEAHHHH!”

breedmitch's avatar

Anyone care to help here?

wildflower's avatar

If you want to go really unique: Økologi (Danish for Organic)

SuperMouse's avatar

Oops, I meant “Yours, Naturally”

writerini's avatar

Paradise Café

writerini's avatar

Potluck Chuck

figbash's avatar

Wild Sage.

I think it sounds kind of inventive, fresh, earthy and takes advantage of the two meanings of ‘sage.’

KimberlyLD's avatar

“Not to far Afield”, Fresh, a little edgy and local… best of luck with your venture!

Gruz06's avatar

Lush
The Garden
The Greenhouse
or…just
Fresh

harajuku's avatar

i also need some for my thesis..
i’m an HRM student and i wud be greatful if you will help me guyz! thank you!..^_^..

harajuku's avatar

i want something like nature related titles
wud it be great?

janbb's avatar

Sustenance?
Fresh?
Harvest?
Mother Earth Cafe?
Joy of Eating?
The Kitchen Table?

janbb's avatar

Barack Obama’s Cafe? :-)

efenster's avatar

Well, we found a great name for our restaurant and just learned that cannot use it. So, back to the drawing board. If anyone gets this and has ideas, please send them along.
Thanks!!
Eric

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