Mega-restaurant group Parasole (which owns Cafeteria, Burger Jones, Salut, Chino Latino, and several other Twin Cities restaurants) is apparently planning yet another Uptown restaurant and bar, and they're running a survey to see what name diners prefer: Libertine, Paleron, Gambrel, or Skol.
But, you might ask, what is a "paleron"? Or a "gambrel"? Let's break the choices down.
Libertine: According to Merriam-Webster, a libertine is "a person (especially a man) who leads an immoral life and is mainly interested in sexual pleasure." Sounds about right for Calhoun Square.
Paleron: According to Food Republic, a paleron is "essentially a shoulder cut that's best served after a long braising"; it's hard to find in the U.S. but common in France.
Gambrel: According to Merriam Webster again, a gambrel is "a stick or iron for suspending slaughtered animals." Mm, appetizing. But wait, according to Wikipedia, a gambrel is "a usually symmetrical two-sided roof with two slopes on each side." Less meaty, less slaughtery.
Skol: According to Daily Norseman, skol "has evolved from a battle cry of warriors to a common salutation or toast to friends," but you knew that already if you live in Minnesota.