Help Aaron Gordon name his upcoming 14th Street restaurant


(Photo of former ACKC space by Alex Baldinger, Illustration by Justin Rude/The Washington Post)

Put your best suggestions for a name for the new restaurant in the comments on this post. Previous chat contests have shown that you folks are a very clever lot, so we’re excited to see your ideas.

If you win, Gordon says you’ll get a dish named for you, an invitation to an opening event at the restaurant and a good chance that the name you suggest will hang above the door on opening night.

Submit your entries as a comment on this post any time between now and 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, when we’ll disable the comments. Gordon will choose the winner when he’s the guest in our Got Plans? chat on Thursday April 19.

We encourage you to recommend entries you like using the comments, because we’ll surface some of our favorites in a blog post before the chat. Make sure you have a valid e-mail address connected to your Washington Post user account, or we won’t be able to contact you if you win.

Need some inspiration to come up with a name?

Gordon is aiming for a relaxed atmosphere at the casual restaurant and bar, which will offer communal dining at large and small shared tables indoors and picnic tables outdoors. He hopes for an unpretentious vibe and an accessible but quality beer and cocktail program. The dishes will be utensil-optional and designed for sharing.

A retro-themed design will dominate the restaurant: think neon signs and vintage typewriters as decorations. Gordon says he’s also drawing inspiration from “San Francisco in the late ’50s and early ’60s.”

Of course a name drawing inspiration from the history of the surrounding neighborhood would also be welcome, too. Feel free to explain the reasoning behind a suggested name in your comment, or just let it stand on its own.

Good luck!

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