- January 14, 2021
Andres Pimentel and Carlos Pavan, after a month-long contest, have a new name for the Mexican eatery they opened in east Naples last September: That Taco Place.
The business partners originally opened under the name La Herradura Doble — the double horseshoe in Spanish. Honoring their heritage, the restaurant was built with an indoor-outdoor horseshoe shaped bar. But a few months in, they felt the name was a hindrance. "We (kept) hearing from locals they have a hard time pronouncing our name of the restaurant and people get confused," Pimentel says in a statement.
So the founders went to Facebook and held a new-name contest, accepting names throughout March. At stake for the winner: a free year of tacos, valued at $100 per month, and a $1,000 donation to your favorite charity. “Our primary goal was to pick a name which was easy to remember and playful," Pimentel says.
Naples resident Mary Funone picked the winning moniker, That Taco Place. “I came up with that name because I always have a hard time remembering the name of a restaurant ... in particular, if it is a long name or difficult to pronounce,” Funone wrote on the restaurant’s Facebook page after being announced the winner. “So, I end up saying "That Taco Place or That Fish Place.”
More than 300 people suggested a name in the contest, the owners say. In addition to her year of tacos, Funone chose s in Naples as her charity.