Naming a new restaurant is easy, isn’t it? Well, for the owners of Red Onion Burgers in Mountlake Terrace, coming up with a name for a new eatery they hope to open in July has proven to be somewhat of a struggle.
Seaun and LaRae Richards want to operate a new hot dog eatery in the location of their first Red Onion Burgers location on the 23200 block of 56th Avenue West. The permits are purchased, the contractors are hard at work, and a menu is being formulated. But as for the name, well …
The Richards moved their Red Onion Burgers restaurant into its present location at 21005-44th Ave. W. after a fire forced them to move from 56th Avenue West. Seaun Richards has said all along that he has wanted to operate another restaurant in the Town Center district of Mountlake Terrace “because I know what is coming.” Richards, who is also a Mountlake Terrace City Councilmember, has said that economic growth in the downtown area is inevitable, and he wants an eatery to be a part of it.
Richards considered leasing space in the nearly-complete Arbor Heights development on 56th Avenue West and 236th Street Southwest but now says he has pulled out of negotiations there.
The old site of Red Onion Burgers has been available, but kitchen modifications and updates since the fire has been a point of contention between Richards and the present building owners. But the two have come to an agreement and a new restaurant is on its way.
But again, what to call it?
On Monday Richards announced the new name for the eatery on the Red Onion Burgers Facebook page: The restaurant would be called “Filthy McNastys Gourmet Hot Dog Company.” Within a few hours, Richards was having second thoughts.
“Let’s hold off on the name,” Richards said later on Monday. Turns out the name generated plenty of comments in social media, and one significant skeptic.
“Quite a bit of feedback and LaRae is not sold on the name,” Richards confessed.
Now Richards is conducting a contest to help generate names for the new eatery. Meanwhile the plan is to have it open in July in time for the city’s Tour de Terrace festival … named or not.