Zagat’s Danya Henninger sits down and talks with Joe Gunn, Casey Parker at Adan Trinidad about their new place in Fishtown, Sancho Pistola’s. And from the sound of it, Fishtown is going to be really lucky.
Zagat: How did you come up with the name?
Casey: We messed around with so many names. We’d find one and love it for a week and then start hating it. We knew we wanted to keep the “Pistola’s” part so it was just a matter of coming up with something to go with it.
Adan: “Sancho” has a not-so-nice slang meaning in Spanish (“the other guy”) and it’s used that way in restaurant kitchens a lot, so when I first suggested it, both Joe and Casey were like, no way. Then I reminded them it’s also the name of Don Quixote’s sidekick, and it turns out there’s a Don Quixote statue in Fishtown just a few blocks from the restaurant.
Joe: Don Quixote was the dreamer, but Sancho was more grounded, down-to-earth. It fits: Jose Pistola’s has kind of a party atmosphere, but Sancho Pistola’s will be more of a neighborhood place.