What happened to restaurants that made you want to dine there just by the sound/meaning of their name? I can't think of too many right now. One-word names seem to be the trend now and leave me cold such as Beppe, Craft, Ouest, Tappo, Town. Thom, and Bread.
The examples of names I've listed above have nothing to do with the quality of the food-just their name. I can't think of many places that have that mystique. The following names pique my interest: Balthazur, Pearl Oyster Bar, Danube, Dumont, dbBistro Moderne, Jewel Bako, Absinthe, Sugar Shack, Wild Lily Tea Room.
Any other Chowhound examples that speak of romance and mystery?