Nice Name, Black Squirrel

Just recently, Metrocurean took a look at some prominent restaurant naming trends in the DC area. To update, it looks like we could have the makings of a fluffy-tailed fad on our hands.

Erin Killian of the Washington Business Journal reports that T.S. Muttly's (awful name) in Adams Morgan has new owners who plan to transform the space come January into a bar and restaurant dubbed Black Squirrel (awww).

The name, of course, is a nod to those elusive black beauties that have roamed our concrete jungle since they were imported from Canada in the early 1900s. I don't know about you, but I always get excited when I spot one. Had I grown up here, I totally would have subbed in "spot the black squirrel" for the dumb punch bug game. (Read more on the history of the black squirrel here.)

As someone who has admittedly eaten squirrel (probably gray), I was happy to read that the critters will not be on the menu. Instead, Killian says to look for "comfort food with a French twist." Makes sense considering the new owners used to own the now-shuttered Saveur in Glover Park.

With Black Fox opening in early 2008, fluffy-tailed creatures are making their presence known. Baltimore and Annapolis already have the Sly Fox Pub. What's next? The Lucky Lemur? The Gray Chinchilla?