So the other day I was walking down Fourth in search of new-house stuff (Toilet paper holder, amazing storage solution for bathroom with no storage, etc.) and my eye chanced to light on one of the newest restaurants on the super-chichi strip between the Pick-Up Safeway and Burrard Street. It’s called ‘Gastropod’. Go on, Google it. It’s the first link, and since my cat’s ass is more technical than I am, obviously, I can’t link it.

Anyhow, the name got me thinking. Gastropods are snails and slugs, all marine snails, like whelks and periwinkles, one-shelled marine animals like abalones, and no-shelled marine animals like nudibranchs. ‘gastropod’ means ‘stomach foot’. How is that sexy for a restaurant name?

But I started thinking. There are so many things you could do with that restaurant:

-Cook only gastropoda species, or at least only molluscs.
-Make customers eat with their feet.
-Make customers donate to a program to revive wild abalone stocks.
-Make customers eat raw banana slugs before they could eat the restaurant food.
-Make customers forage for their own wild gastropods and bring them to be cooked.
Too bad they don’t let me run that place.

3 Comments to “Gastropod.”

  1. By cheesefairy, June 30, 2007 @ 9:16 am

    Ha ha ha! @ forage for your own…

    I got the impression, looking at their site, that they don’t know what gastropod means. But then, there’s the snail shell above the name. So who knows.

    They sure do have a lot of duck on the menu, though.

  2. By Liz, July 1, 2007 @ 12:24 am

    They do have the snail shell as a nod to the name, so someone researched the meaning. But that was about as far as they went.

    I noticed the predominant duck as well. Maybe the Latin name for duck didn’t test so well with focus groups?

  3. By Beth, July 7, 2007 @ 1:11 pm

    Apart from the fact that it has nothing to do with the food or the decor, I would see having the word “gas” in the name of a restaurant as a bad move.

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