The World’s 10 Worst Restaurant Chain Names (Slideshow)
May 2, 2014
They really couldn’t have gone with something else?
This chain got its start in 1985, and prides itself on being a family-friendly chain of pubs, which is also a bit of an oxymoron. No word if there’s actually somebody out there whose first name is Beef.
Sambo’s began innocently enough in 1957, as an amalgam of the first name of founder Sam Battisone and the last name of co-founder Newell Bonhett. By 1979, there were more than 1,000 outlets in 47 states. However, people finally started to realize that the association with Little Black Sambo might just be considered offensive, and it was soon boycotted. Communities even passed resolutions preventing the chain from opening in their town. Today there’s only one left.
Hog’s Breath Café
This Australian steakhouse chain specializes in slow-cooked prime rib. Because nothing gets you in the mood for prime rib quite like a smelly hog!
This France-based fast-casual chain is self-service and some hot items are prepared to order in front of the customer. “Flunch” is apparently short for “fast lunch,” but either way, there’s something very wrong with that word.
These U.K. diners have a 50s retro theme. While they could be great, apparently they’re settling for being just OK.
The S and M in the name of this former chain of British cafés apparently stood for “search and meet,” but S&M really only has one definition, and it’s one we don’t want to associate with food.
Slug and Lettuce
This is actually a wildly successful and much-imitated chain of pubs in the U.K. Such an unappealing name, though!
The name really says it all, and is obviously not intended to lure in those on a diet. Originally dubbed Mr. Fatburger by founder Lovie Yancey in 1947, the “Mr.” was dropped in 1952 and the rest is history. Solid burger, unpleasant name.
One of the biggest all-buffet pizza chains in the U.S., the name is also a bit too on-the-mark.
At Hogi Yogi, you can eat hoagies, and frozen yogurt! We’re not sure if the name is worse before or after you figure out what it means.