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View Poll Results: Would you eat at a smoothie and sandwich place called "The Dirty Hippie"?
Yes! What an awesome name! 117 32.68%
Maybe, but I think you'd be better off choosing a different name. 139 38.83%
Ew, no! Why would I eat somewhere with the word "Dirty" in the title?! 90 25.14%
Other 12 3.35%
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Old 08-10-2009, 08:47 PM
 
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Oh, if it factors into your decision at all, here is the town in question: http://www.discoverbisbee.com/
Well, there are an awful lot of galleries and artsy-type shops and reading about the town it does seem like a restaurant with that name *might* do okay. But I still think you will be limiting your potential customers *unless* there is something absolutely outstanding about your restaurant.

When I think of the name, I think of one of those restaurants on the Food Network that is a total dive or has a really grouchy owner but the food is so amazing that it draws tourists like crazy. I think it takes a lot of hard work and years of building the business to get to that point.

I think you could still have something funky and eye-catching without turning off a significant portion of the population.

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I'm used to tofu but I'm not a fan of dirty hippies and it makes me think of smelling patchlouli and BO and listening to The Dead while I eat. No thanks!
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So I voted that it's not a place that I would go. The word dirty in the title bothers me and I would worry about hygiene in the place.

I also asked DH (with no prior discussion - just "would you eat at a sandwich place called the Dirty Hippie?" - and he felt the same way. And he used to be a hippie back in the day. He said "hippie" alone conjured up images of poor hygiene, and when combined with the word "dirty" it was completely unappealing to him.

Sorry if that offends anyone who considers themselves a hippie, but that's the imagery for us.
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I voted the "eww...", I just think it would turn too many people off right away.

And, being that over half of restaurants fail in the first couple of years as it is...you don't want to start off with the deck stacked against you.

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Sure. Then again, I once wanted to start up a cafe opposite one in a neighboring town, The Copper Kettle, and call mine The Greasy Aluminium Hotplate. So, you know.

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Ew! Okay, not sure I'd even eat at a place named Dirty Dicks....
LOL...would you eat at a restaurant called the Pink Taco?

http://www.pinktaco.com/

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I think part of it for me is I'm not really overly familiar with the term Dirty Hippy. I was born in the 60s and grew up in the 70s and 80s and heard the term Hippy or Flower Child, but never Dirty Hippy. I've only heard dirty hippy fairly recently, and as a slur. So I don't immediately think crunchy granola hippy when I hear it. It's partly me trying to figure out what the name means, and that's the negative for me.
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Oh, if it factors into your decision at all, here is the town in question: http://www.discoverbisbee.com/
Are you going after locals or tourists?

Locals - sounds like you might get away with it. Or not. Is the area more the artists or more retirees?

Tourists - generally not fans of a place with 'dirty' in the title.

I'd still worry you're cutting into your margins with an uphill battle kind of name. Sure places with crazy names flourish but so many restaurants fail and the profit margins in food service are so low on a per-customer basis - why limit your audience?

BTW it sounds like a beautiful place!!

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LOL...would you eat at a restaurant called the Pink Taco?

http://www.pinktaco.com/

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I would if I was right there and could see that it was a clean, fun place with good food. I like a food place with a sense of humor. It might work in a touristy kind of area.

Edited to say, you could call the place something else but serve a sandwich called the Dirty Hippie.

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The name's a little weird but it wouldn't stop me from eating there. If this is your idea, i would think some more about the name.
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there is something gross about eating at a place with "dirty" in the name.

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i said i'd eat there but i still think you should go for a different name.

i liked PP's suggestion of having a menu item/sandwich called the dirty hippie.

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Have you made any decisions? FTR, I would come up with another name for the restaurant and name a sandwich the dirty hippie. If I was in a sandwich shop and saw a sandwich named dirty hippie, I would definitely get the sandwich. But I'm not sure that I would go into a restaurant named dirty hippie.

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How about the Happy Hippy?@

Dirty just doesn't go with food ...

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Without reading the many responses, a "Dirty Hippie" is a portabella mushroom sandwich, so I would only use the name if that will be on your menu.

I agree with the others who have said that this name will significantly limit your patrons, but if you're cool with only crunchy types coming in, go for it.
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I love the name, I would eat there just because I think the name is so different.

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I only read a few of the posts. I would be delighted to discover a restaurant with that name and would never assume the restaurant itself was "dirty" if it looked clean and well kept. But obviously a lot of people would. I'm guessing you'll probably want to consider another name.

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i think it's a fabulous name, but then again i have an odd sense of humor

FTR, there's a soap company...i think they make natural vegan soaps....that i'm nearly positive is called Dirty Hippie.

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I love it!

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Without reading the many responses, a "Dirty Hippie" is a portabella mushroom sandwich, so I would only use the name if that will be on your menu.
Is that a widespread thing? Google only gives me one restaurant. (Although what does turn up sounds really good. )
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If you Google "the dirty hippie sandwich" and look through the first three pages of results, there are at least four sandwich shops/restaurants that have a portabella mushroom sandwich or burger by this name.
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Ah. I had only looked at the first page. But, looking further, I see two different versions of portabella sandwiches, and two different versions of black bean burgers ... it seems like it's something several proprieters have come up with individually when faced with dark-colored vegetarian sandwich fillings, not a "this is a portabella sandwich only!" kind of thing. Although "a vegetarian portabella mushroom sandwich with roasted red pepper, feta, artichoke on ciabatta bread" and "black bean, pine nut, mushroom & bulgur wheat patty with fresh herbs topped with heirloom tomatoes and mixed greens lightly tossed in sherry shallot vinaigrette" are both making me hungry.
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