When news broke that former New York congressman Anthony Weiner’s latest career endeavor would be a restaurant/culinary school, we felt compelled to help somehow. It’s the least we could do for all the fodder he’s provided over the years.
The key to any successful business (other than a good product) is a catchy name. So we turned to our brilliant Loop fans to come up with the perfect one.
Most of you couldn’t resist the obvious phallic joke, but kept it clean. Well, mostly.
We’ve narrowed the entries to our favorite five. We hope Weiner will reconsider “Rockaway Restoration Kitchen,” his current working name for the restaurant in Rockaway Beach, Queens, a neighborhood still recovering from Hurricane Sandy. (Though if “restoration” is also a play on his public image, then maybe it is the perfect name?)
The winners (in no order) are:
Outfront Steakhouse submitted by U.S. Department of Transportation program manager Kevin Dopart, of D.C.
SELFIE’s – submitted by environmental consultant James Cohn, of New York
Chez Penisse – submitted by University of Florida professor of physics Peter Hirschfeld, of Gainesville, Fla. (We had a second submission come in with this name, but we awarded it to the first entry.)
Politics and Pose – submitted by marketing consultant Holly Hemphill, of Falls Church
The Weiner’s Circle – submitted by retiree Hal Handerson, of Arlington
We often get entries from overseas, so, while he did not win, we wanted to recognize our very first submission this go around from Ray Comeau, a retiree in Chongqing, China. He proposed: Mr Winkie’s Kishka, and explained: “The first part of the name sounds close to well-known American chains Wendy’s (the hamburger chain) and Wimpy (the hamburger eating Popeye character). The second part of the name honours Weiner’s ethnicity (Jewish) and love of a good sausage.”
Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all for your always creative entries. And a special Loop thanks to our colleagues, Karen Tumulty, Katie Zezima and David Fahrenthold for judging the submissions.