Published: April 8, 2010 at 9:07 AMRobert: You could also add that Mickey and Minnie are decades-old icons, while Remy is a character from a single recent movie, so there's a difference in familiarity.
Anyone who's seen "Ratatouille" will associate Remy with gourmet dining, but to anyone who hasn't seen the movie, he's just a rat -- and a fairly realistic-looking one, compared to other cartoon rodents.
Published: April 8, 2010 at 10:33 AMI really don't care who they name the restaurant after -- if it's in the least bit comparable to the meal I enjoyed at Palo aboard the Wonder, I'll be there!
Published: April 8, 2010 at 10:39 AMThe rat adds character. French restaurants, particularly bistros, are all about unfitting names, especially those that involve animals. We have two in town: one is called, "Chez Piggy," and the other is, "Chien Noir." When you think about it, those are pretty unappealing names, but both serve excellent food.