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Re: Business names that sound strange to others?
« Reply #60 on: January 26, 2012, 05:47:12 PM »
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« Reply #61 on: January 26, 2012, 06:31:20 PM »
There was a chinese takeaway on the Kings Road in Chelsea (London) called Ho Lee Fook.
   

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« Reply #62 on: January 26, 2012, 06:32:34 PM »
There was a chinese takeaway on the Kings Road in Chelsea (London) called Ho Lee Fook.
There's a Vietnamese place down the road from me call Pho Shizzle.
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« Reply #63 on: January 26, 2012, 11:02:41 PM »
A chicken franchise that seems purely Tasmanian is called Legs and Breasts. 

And the tiny little coffee shop where I have my coffee every morning is Budgie Smugglers - complete with a wall sign of a budgie wearing a red mask.  It's a bit of a draw for tourists, oddly enough.

Tassie is full of odd place names too - there have been at least 2 books I know of which look at odd place names here.

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« Reply #64 on: January 27, 2012, 12:17:04 PM »

There's quite a UK art gallery that now calls itself Godfrey & Watt.  Its original name had a T in front of the watt.  As this sounds the same when spoken as a rather impolite euphemism for ladyparts the name always rather amused me. 

Much to my amusement the name soon dropped the T.

Oh that would make me howl laughing.

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« Reply #65 on: January 28, 2012, 11:47:29 AM »
There was a chinese takeaway on the Kings Road in Chelsea (London) called Ho Lee Fook.
Lee Ho Fook, on Gerrard St. was made famous by Warren Zevon's Werewolves of London. "Saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand, walking through the streets of Soho in the rain, he was looking for a place called Lee Ho Fook's, going to get a big dish of beef chow mein."


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« Reply #66 on: January 28, 2012, 12:05:36 PM »


I always smile watching the tourists taking pictures of this shop next to trinity.
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« Reply #67 on: January 28, 2012, 03:06:14 PM »
I was sad about this:
I heard about a new Mexican restaurant many years ago and Lucas refused to go there because of the name - Chi-chi. We finally went, he loved it, and they closed the chain a year after our first visit. I think they still do grocery store items, but it's not the same. I always wonder if it was corporate policy errors or the name that made them close.

There is still a  video store chain called FLICKS. The one I knew failed (I hope) because it was written in neon capital letters too close together so that the L and I looked like one letter.....................oops.

Of course, Fanny May candies in the US is still doing quite well. I always wonder what our British visitors think about that!

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« Reply #68 on: January 28, 2012, 04:36:13 PM »
I heard about a new Mexican restaurant many years ago and Lucas refused to go there because of the name - Chi-chi. I always wonder if it was corporate policy errors or the name that made them close.

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« Reply #69 on: January 28, 2012, 04:40:54 PM »
I heard about a new Mexican restaurant many years ago and Lucas refused to go there because of the name - Chi-chi. I always wonder if it was corporate policy errors or the name that made them close.

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« Reply #70 on: January 28, 2012, 04:48:58 PM »
I heard about a new Mexican restaurant many years ago and Lucas refused to go there because of the name - Chi-chi. I always wonder if it was corporate policy errors or the name that made them close.

What?

I always wondered if so many others were put off by the name as my husband was that they didn't get the business they needed, or if there was something internally in the company like embezzlement or infighting that made the restaurant end of the the company fail.

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« Reply #71 on: January 28, 2012, 05:42:18 PM »
Personally, I think it was the terrible food that caused Chi-Chi's to finally fold up.  Wikipedia says the chain was in existence for about 30 years, though.

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« Reply #72 on: January 28, 2012, 06:03:05 PM »
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I always wondered if so many others were put off by the name as my husband was
What was so off-putting about the name Chi-Chi?

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« Reply #73 on: January 28, 2012, 06:13:50 PM »
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I always wondered if so many others were put off by the name as my husband was
What was so off-putting about the name Chi-Chi?

That's what I meant. I loved the best fresh salsa!
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« Reply #74 on: January 28, 2012, 07:00:56 PM »
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I always wondered if so many others were put off by the name as my husband was
What was so off-putting about the name Chi-Chi?

It's just too cutesy and childish and silly and doesn't really mean anything ----------- to him. Guess I got my answer: That wasn't the reason it failed.

By the way, I just accepted it.  Sort'a like, Whatever (as much as I hate that word).

Thanks.