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August 14, 2018 Staff

101 Food Service Kiosk Name Ideas, and How to Find Yours

For many aspiring food kiosk owners, dreaming up the perfect name for your new business was probably one of the first things you did. After all, once you’ve established a concept for your new restaurant idea, picking out a name should come easy. Right? RIGHT?

But what if you’ve headed down the path toward opening day, secured some investment capital, roughed out a viable business plan that seems to hold together, and maybe even secured licensing, insurance, and a few vendors to get your started, and you STILL don’t have a name for your restaurant? What if you’re marching toward opening day, and you just can’t come up with a catchy name that will encompass all of your hard work and fresh ideas?

We’re here to help.

Picking out a name for your new food service kiosk can be incredibly difficult. After all, how do you communicate all of the things you need to for your new coffee shop or ice cream parlor, in just one or two words that will sum up your months (or years!) of sweat and toil? The type of food, coffee, or ice cream. The atmosphere of your location. The types of customers you’re hoping to attract. Your background, the style of cooking, the vibe of the location (shopping malls, corporate centers, college campuses)…these are all things that you must try to capture perfectly, when naming your food kiosk. How can you possibly get started?

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Make a list. Then throw that list away, and make another list.

That’s right. Begin by scribbling down every single restaurant name idea that comes into your head, without being too harsh or judgmental about what could work, and what absolutely couldn’t work. Write everything down. Even the less-than-savory ideas may help jog your brain, and lead to other, more viable names for your business. After you’ve got 30 or 40 ideas down, run through them with a marker and cross half of them out. Copy the remaining names to a new list, and use those names to spin off new ideas. Keep going. Something should present itself.

Keep it short and sweet. Alternately, make it long and weird.

Shorter names are likelier to stay fresh in the minds of your customers, though it may be challenging to find a one or two word domain name for your restaurant’s website. If short and sweet isn’t your style, make it so long and weird that it stands out that way. For example, if you’re going to launch a restaurant specializing in chili (don’t do that, that’s my idea), you could call it either “Chili Bowl,” if you’re into the whole “brevity” thing, or alternately, “Mac’s Royal Chili Emporium and Medieval Toastery.” Both names are memorable, for their own reasons.

Don’t get too specific. Look, the needs of your business may change. You want the name of your business to be able to grow and change, as your concept grows and changes. If you name your restaurant, “Strictly Burgers,” what’s going to happen if nobody likes your burgers, and you need to change the focus of your menu to primarily vegan chilled soups? Pick a name that has room to change with you. Also, please don’t start a vegan chilled soup restaurant.

Similarly, while it may be tempting to incorporate the name of your geographic location into your restaurant name, remember: Things change in this business. You may find yourself having to find a new location when the popularity of your restaurant triples your rent, or you may find yourself opening additional locations in different towns or cities.

Do some market research. Don’t bother trying out your new name on your friends and family; they’re going to be so supportive of you and your new venture (bless them), that they’re likely to be super encouraging of any name you come up with. Instead, ask potential customers for their opinion on your new name; they’re likelier to be more forthcoming with criticism.

Crowdsource your new restaurant name. What if I told you that there was an interconnected network of networks, where millions of people with strong opinions and an underdeveloped sense of the rules of polite society, were just WAITING to help you with your restaurant idea? Try out a restaurant name generator… Sure, you may not get something usable magically handed to you, but these generators can help get your brain working in new directions and coming up with new ideas. Sign up for a few restaurant industry forums, as well…you’ll find plenty of people who are happy to brainstorm name ideas with you.

When all else fails, use one of these 101 restaurant names. Okay, fair warning: These ideas aren’t all winners. But our hope is that even if you don’t use one of the following ideas off-the-shelf, one may still get you thinking in a different direction and help you come up with a new idea you hadn’t previously considered. These are all cool ideas I came up with that you can modify for your own future restaurant. So, without further ado:

  1. The Spaghetti Pantry
  2. Shambles
  3. Brimstone
  4. Purity
  5. Embers
  6. The Hive
  7. The Lamb and Whistle
  8. The Honey Comb
  9. Harvest
  10. The Streetwise Morning
  11. The Fable Table
  12. Big City Catch
  13. Hand & Fork
  14. Bread
  15. Pulpo
  16. Good
  17. Town Hall Grill
  18. Sycamore House
  19. Fresco
  20. The Stone Cup
  21. City Bites
  22. Knead & Feed
  23. Plate
  24. Old Bay Steamer
  25. Crow Creek
  26. Breakers
  27. Viking Grill
  28. Zocalo
  29. The Crack Pot
  30. Dan’s Dumpling Dowry
  31. Falafel Therapy
  32. Early Girl
  33. Cake Walk
  34. The Frayed Knot
  35. Gusto
  36. Heart in Hand
  37. Salty’s
  38. Soggy’s
  39. Sassy’s
  40. Hold the Anchovies
  41. Tandoor
  42. The Kiln
  43. Bushwhacker’s
  44. Roaring Rock Restaurant
  45. Take It Away
  46. The Wolf
  47. Trattoria Bella
  48. Trattoria Bellisima
  49. Sweet Basil
  50. Butler
  51. Mucho Gusto
  52. Taste
  53. The Feasting Fox
  54. Aftertizer
  55. Banana Cabana
  56. Kettlepop
  57. Panache
  58. Pan Ash
  59. Peerless
  60. Pesto Quest
  61. Rippers
  62. South Mouth
  63. The Straight and Narrow
  64. Big Juicy
  65. Chew
  66. Chevre
  67. The Bloated Tick
  68. Curb Appeal
  69. Flying Horse
  70. Flying Noodle
  71. Thai Tanic
  72. Royal Crest
  73. Florante
  74. The Eatery
  75. The Golden Spoon
  76. The Tined Fork
  77. Tiffany’s
  78. The Burnt Biscuit
  79. Wallflower
  80. Allium
  81. Comfort
  82. Clementine
  83. Piehole
  84. Home
  85. Southern Skillet
  86. Frankly, My Dear
  87. The Foyer
  88. The Porch
  89. The Mud Room
  90. Easy Now
  91. Easy Does It
  92. EZ Duz It
  93. Okra
  94. Azalea
  95. Heirloom
  96. Magnolia
  97. The Red Clover
  98. Mandoline
  99. Sweet Home
  100. The Riverboat
  101. Roderigo “Salty” Sanchez’s Terrific Taco Take-Out Emporium and While-U-Wait Auto Detailing
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Shipping container turned into a food service kiosk.

Remember, no one but you can name your food service kiosk (unless you’re investing in a franchise opportunity). Soliciting ideas from others may help get the creative juices flowing, but ultimately, it will be up to you to find the name and concept that works. You’ve worked hard to get to this point, and taking the time to find the name that fits your dream perfectly is an important step, with no shortcuts. Be creative, speak from the heart, and let the ideas flow.

Note: Not all of these builds featured in this post were manufactured M&R Specialty Trailers and Trucks. Some of the images used as included inside this post were built elsewhere and used for example purposes only.   

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