Too Moby for this bunch

Herman Melville: revered novelist, incompetent at restaurant-naming:

Moby Dick is universally considered to be one of the great American novels. It’s on the assigned reading lists of schools across the country.

But in Vancouver, some real dicks are refusing to lease part of their building to a fish-and-chips restaurant by that name. The restaurant is now suing the building’s owners.

The fight has been going on since the middle of 2015, when the former tenants, a restaurant named “The Change,” went out of business. Since then, “Moby Dick’s” has been trying to take over the space. Strata, the building’s owners, have insisted “that the word ‘Dick’ in Moby Dick was an offensive term,” and wouldn’t be allowed.

At least it’s not a hot dog joint.



  1. Mike »

    22 January 2017 · 1:07 pm

    At least they’re not blubbering over it!

  2. CGHill »

    22 January 2017 · 1:58 pm

    Good call. :)

  3. McG »

    23 January 2017 · 12:00 pm

    I could see a problem with this name if they were waving it at people.

  4. Dink Newcomb »

    23 January 2017 · 8:52 pm

    Used to be in the Vietnamese community in N. Atlanta a great restaurant that I patronized whenever I was up there. But, right next door was a beauty parlor called Mi Dung. I always wondered if I would have liked eating at the restaurant if it had been named the same.

  5. CGHill »

    23 January 2017 · 9:11 pm

    It appears that Texas’ Pho King Way has faded out.

  6. jsallison »

    23 January 2017 · 9:34 pm

    Are they serving whale? I was quite annoyed when informed by the Atlanta aquarium security babe that the cafeteria did not serve fish. No answer when I asked ‘if you don’t cook and eat them then wtf do you do with them?’

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