Ma and I are in the exploratory phases of opening a restaurant, including all of the boring background crap (financials, finding a location, getting tax number, sourcing ingredients, etc.) We have the experience, we have the recipes, we know all the important things (inventory control, tax considerations, blah, blah, blah.) We’re probably at least six months out, maybe longer, before we consider opening our doors, but it would be nice to have a memorable name, so I turn to the most creative group I know for some help.
The restaurant will be built around a limited concept: biscuits. Ma’s biscuits, to be specific. (They’re amazing. Seriously. I’ve never tasted better. And it’s not just me: years ago, when Ma worked for the local university’s food service, she added biscuits to her cafe’s menu. Students lined up for them. There were near-riots if Ma was on vacation and HER biscuits weren’t on the menu.) Plain/buttered biscuits, biscuit sandwiches (eggs, cheese, bacon/sausage/ham sourced from my cousin’s farm. Naturally, there will be a few other menu items - I’m experimenting with a hot breakfast soup that, frankly, I’d have adored when I was that college kid needing something substantial after bar-close - but biscuits will be the central offering.
We need a name. College town. Biscuit restaurant. Counter service/carryout/fast food-ish. As southern as sweet tea and grits. Go! (And thanks!)
Next brainstorm: the restaurant will be located in the city of Statesboro. Everyone around here knows the song Statesboro Blues. We could call it Wake Up Mama’s. Our hot beverage offerings could be titled “Statesboro Brews.” (I’m honestly surprised that no one’s opened a bar by that name!)