Thursday, January 21, 2010

Welcoming Social Restaurants

On the way to work this morning, I noticed yet another one, the "Edge Social Bar and Grill". This continues the trend started with "Browns Social House" and "Pinkys steakhouse[*]", in which spaces and apostrophes are dropped like they might be carrying H1N1, but things are more social. While making for more questionable grammar, I hope this finally brings an end to all those anti-social steak houses, where you'd get ignored by the haughty waiters, the sullen chef dropped cigarette ashes in your overcooked T-bone, and the Maitre D' would always go running after departing diners demanding a bigger tip.

[*] So there's no "Social" in the name, but calling it "Pinkys" should let you know that this isn't going to be a place where the waiter will make fun of your wine choice.


David Scrimshaw said...

A couple of notes from Ottawa:

In 1987, a woman named Irene started a bar called "Cap'n Pinky's".

"Cap'n Pinky" was a fictional Newfoundland fisher and the idea was that the bar would be just like a cosy Newfoundland pub.

But too many people thought Irene was aiming for a gay crowd and she changed the name to "Irene's Pub".

Irene has moved on, but the place endures as a highly social venue with the apostrophe in the name.

We also have a place called Social Restaurant and Lounge. In my own experience, it is easier to start a conversation with strangers at Irene's than at Social, but that might say more about me than the different establishments.

Eric Promislow said...

I know Irene -- we bought our house on Morris St. from her. The pub was one of my favorites, and while it's been a while, I vaguely recall talking to strangers there. Zaphod's too. Maybe it's just the apostrophe.