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A Loop contest! Weiner’s planned restaurant needs a better name

Anthony Weiner addresses a news conference in New York, Monday, June 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

It was but a year ago that disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner lost his New York mayoral bid, undone by his annoying penchant for sexting self-portraits to a number of women –even after he resigned his congressional seat a year earlier for that same deplorable habit.

But as we reported Thursday afternoon, citing a report in The Rockaway Times, Weiner has a new, and really quite commendable, project: establishing the “Rockaway Restoration Kitchen,” which is described in an ad as a non-profit “healthy, sustainable restaurant in a hard luck community to provide training, on-the-job apprenticeship and placement in the culinary and food service sector for unemployed New Yorkers.”

A wonderful idea. But the name? Rockaway Restoration Kitchen? This will not draw customers. You can’t even tell what kind of food it will serve.

There has to be a better name! (Loop fans know where this is going.)

Yes, it’s the “Name the Weiner Restaurant” Contest! It needs to be catchy, able to attract customers. Perhaps a particular cuisine? (Remember, he allegedly used that spectacular alias, Carlos Danger, so maybe south-of-the-border fare might work.)

Winners get one of our highly coveted Loop T-shirts.

Send entries — only one suggestion per person — to Be sure to provide your name, profession, mailing address and T-shirt size (M, L or XL), in case you’re a winner.

You must include a phone number — home, work or cell — to be eligible. Entries must be submitted by noon, Aug. 18.

(Please keep your entries, at the very most, PG-13).




Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.

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