Restaurant names, like baby names, book titles and colors, go in and out of fashion. Thus for every baby girl named Sophia, every book with “-land” in its title and every “new black,” we seem to have a restaurant or bar named after some member of the animal kingdom.
Sometimes, it's a general reference (i.e., Animal); other times, it's specific, overly so, and not always in a positive way (i.e., The Lazy Ox Canteen, The Blind Donkey, The Fat Cow). And while animals — and especially animals as modified by adjectives — have been a popular conceit in restaurant nomenclature for some time (see, e.g., The Red Lion Tavern, The Hungry Cat), it seems that this particular trend has been especially pronounced over the last five years or so, with certain types of animals, like livestock, leading the pack of references.
Which naturally led us to dig into how many these new places fall into this pattern. We categorized what we found based on the type of animal referenced in the restaurant name and ta-da: A pie chart was born. Turn the page.
¹ These animals are very loosely categorized. “Recently opened” means restaurants that opened in the last five years or so. And this chart does not include restaurants that refer to animal housing or habitats in name or aesthetic, but if it did, it would include: Wolfslair, American Farmhouse Tavern and Dining Hall, FarmShop, Malibu Farm, Barnyard Venice, The Coop, Eveleigh and RivaBella.
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