I nearly made a screeching U-turn in the middle of Jericho Turnpike in Syosset this afternoon after seeing the sign in front of the Asian restaurant once called Empire Szechuan Gourmet. Last year, the restaurant had morphed into Tao, which, more recently, had change its name to Dao. Challenges from another dining spot with the same name was one reason given for that change.
Now comes the latest nomenclature: Ao. Stopping in, I was told by a waiter that the name Dao had also been copyrighted, hence the dropping of the first letter.
The new name, when spoken, can sound like a cry of pain. After taking down and putting up all those signs, understandable.
Ao is at 6600 Jericho Tpke., Syosset, 516-931-3663.