I am declaring a moratorium

 Posted by at 11:00 pm
Sep 032009

Can we stop naming restaurants after their street names or address?

I first encountered this phenomenon in Iowa City of all places at a fairly classy joint called One Twenty Six which opened in 2000 or 2001. Fine, I get it. You use your address because it seems clever, or you can’t think of a name, or whatever. But when there is more than one or two places named this way, it reeks of laziness. It’s just…weird. And I can count seven places in KC named using this convention.

1924 Main
Oak 63
Room 39
Pizza 51
Saigon 39

Can you think of any others? Am I crazy that something so seemingly innocuous annoys me?

  14 Responses to “I am declaring a moratorium”

  1. On the plus side, nobody asks "Oh, where's that at?"

  2. 75th Street Brewery

  3. 75, the cafe on 75th and Quivira.

  4. Walnut Deli at the City Market,Grand St.Cafe and (I think) Main St.Cafe

  5. Lil's on 17th,Chaz on the Plaza

  6. 7007 College doesn't have the same ring to it. I think many of these places are trying to point out that they're downtown.

  7. Twenty 20 (at 2020 Baltimore). I always get it confused with 1924 Main.

  8. 17510 Shawnee Mission Parkway Grill, Bar, and Tables

  9. Isn't there one across from The Berg? I think it used to be Dolce, but I heard that they were jumping on the "name your place after a number" bandwagon.

  10. "17510 Shawnee Mission Parkway Grill, Bar, and Tables"

    Is that one a joke? It's an awful name if it isn't. Gah.

  11. Not so much a location, but OP1906 Grill in the Sheraton is along that line.

  12. I agree with you 100% but one note: One180 is Westport isn't named so for the location. I think it's as in "180 degrees" sort of thing.

  13. Pho 97. but that is a traditional way of naming vietnamese places and it's been there 12 yrs…

  14. Maybe Six, up on Liberty Square…