Restaurant and Coffee House Generators


So, the DIY scene has produced tons of great bar/pub and inn generators, and Yoon-Suin's got Tea Houses, but I'm more of a coffee guy myself, and as mentioned in my previous post about carousing, I loves me some good food, so I wanted to come up with some generators for other types of social establishments.



In Vornheim, Zak gives the excellent advice of always having four bars/taverns/drinking establishments ready to go for a session, because those are the sorts of places PCs are likely to visit and that NPCs are likely to be found. I wanted to branch out and create some places that have different feels. Bars and taverns are where you go to meet new people, inns are places you can stay if you don't have an apartment, restaurants a little more "fluffy" for when you go carousing, but still have some adventure hooks, and coffee houses are where you go to learn stuff.



The idea is that any of these can just be a name and some feature that makes it noteworthy, but if the players take an interest in any of them, they can slot right into the overall approach for creating intrigue and adventure hooks. The "Known For" column is mostly just there to make it memorable and may or may not have any game effect (like an "appearance" column in an NPC generator), whereas the "Spice" column is meant to be more directly gameable (some source of conflict or desires that PCs can get mixed up in). As with previous Fellhold generator, the hassled ref can proceed left to right and only use the columns they need.

Without further ado, I present the Restaurant and Coffee House Generators I've prepared for Fellhold.



Coffee House Generator
Coffee Houses are a major part of Fellhold social life, serving as the main meeting place of intellectuals, radicals, and socialites alike. While various varieties of regular coffee are the main beverage served, some houses specialize in more powerful brews. 

Roll
Name Part 1
Name Part 2
Known For
Spice
1
Roasted
Bean
Comfortable and plentiful seating
Secretly the headquarters for a random conspiracy
2
Silver
Spoon
Quiet and respectful patrons
The up and coming leadership of the district’s controlling faction hang out here
3
Good
Wife
Loud and occasionally heated discussions
Stocks an impressive library, for a coffee house (generate a library)
4
Wrecked
Wig
Meeting place for radicals
Owner is looking to introduce some more extreme versions of coffee, needs help procuring it
5
Falling
Feather
Meeting place for influential patrons
Locus for a powerful demon
6
Sweet
Cream
Meeting place for a particular sort of sage
Owner is in a squabble with their powerful and dangerous suppliers
7
Bitter
Cup
Meeting place for players of a popular board game
Sits on a powerful ley line - magic is more intense when cast here
8
Emerald
Mug
Especially potent coffee
Has a deal with one of the Witch Kings to supply their household with coffee on a regular basis
9
Cracked
Head
Really terrible coffee, but great prices
Has an unusually useful bulletin board - 1d3 district rumors available every week
10
Drab
City
Has a lovely bakery
The art on the walls is actually quite good and probably worth more than the prices next to them
11
Rolling
Stone
Scenic views
There’s a secret room in the back where they serve the good stuff
12
Fiery
Mountain
Friendly and attractive staff
Owner is blackmailing a wealthy customer based on some secrets overheard or illicit trysts had in the coffee house
13
Bewitched
Brew
Rude and disdainful (but attractive) staff
Owner is planning to burn the place down and collect the insurance money
14
Naked
Man
Also has a full bar
One of the employees is a spy for a rival faction of the district’s controlling faction
15
Local
Pour
Quirky and eclectic decoration
Something has gone wrong with one of the coffee varieties served here, and it is slowly driving customers mad
16
Blue
Skull
Where all the cool people go
Hosts weekly meetings of a tedious but powerful social organization
17
Crooked
Shadow
Working class customers
By long custom, considered neutral ground by all factions
18
Coffee
Hound
Exotic brews
Owner is a powerful witch
19
Black
Hand
Ingredients come from some remarkable source
Owner wants to get out of the business and sell the place, looking for a buyer
20
Broken
Pot
Students go there to study
Is secretly a lair



Restaurant Generator
The people of Fellhold enjoy a variety of dining options and regularly patronize a large number of restaurants. Each race is known for their own ethnic foods, but most people enjoy most other types of food.

RollName Part 1Name Part 2Type of FoodKnown ForSpice
1(Owner's Name)'sTableRatmenTheir famous head chefTheir star dish is made of people
2DynamitePigCrabmenAmazingly Delicious FoodA major faction official eats here regularly, and a rival faction is trying to poison them - by subtly poisoning all of the food
3WoodenBowlHalf-DwarfHuge portionsThey actually do put an addictive chemical in the food to make you crave it fortnightly
4CopperPlateWitch KingdomRare specialityLosing money, the owner is desperate for a way to save it
5EmptyKitchenFellhold FusionImpeccable serviceOwner requires a rare ingredient for a special festival meal - it can only be found in one of the more dangerous ruined districts
6FullForkSeafoodRequires reservations months in advanceHired to cater a major event for the district’s controlling faction, need extra help, willing to pay pretty well
7Butcher'sBlockCured MeatsHole in the wall - a classicExcellent take out service - you can get high quality rations from them for a reasonable price
8Lumberjack'sDinerMeat PiesCheap and fast serviceA family member of the owner has gone missing - they suspect their biggest rival is behind it
9BrickOvenNoodlesFavorite restaurant of an important patronOwner is losing business to a rival - they want someone to do something about it
10Chef'sKnifeSweet PiesLong wait timesOwner has a crazy idea to open another location with the same menu and same name but totally different staff. They think they could repeat it multiple times.
11TrickyCookeryCakesRomantic ambienceTerms of very specific and very strange loan used to found the business are coming do - owner doesn’t know how to meet them
12GreasyPanSoupsWorking class jointA troll has taken up residence in one of the booths and won’t stop ordering (and eating) food - everyone is terrified to bring it the check or tell it to leave
13TastySkilletFlapjacksThere are several locations around the cityLocation is locus of an up and coming demon - it is doing everything it can to enhance the restaurant’s popularity to boost its power
14BurnedHandStir FryHigher class version of usually cheap foodA witch has taken work as a cook there, and they are mixing subtle herbs into the meals which have the effect of Charm Person if enough meals are eaten there 
15SweetSpoonDumplingsLower end version of usually fancy foodHaunted by the founder, grandparent of current owner. Not dangerous, but terribly annoying, owner would like it put to rest.
16SaltyLadRoasted MeatsJust opened, everybody wants to check it outPeople keep dying in the restaurant - owner swears its not the food and wants someone to investigate
17SaucyLassBurgersHas some kind of obnoxious themeCook staff is made up entirely of zombie slaves - the witch that controls them is jockeying for a bigger cut
18FatCookSandwichesTerrible, rude serviceUnknown to the owner, staff are selling drugs to customers
19BoiledEggAll Things EggFood is awful, but trendy for some reasonChef has heard rumors of ancient, delicious recipe and will pay well for someone that can recover it from the depths of the Royal Library
20SecretFlameSteakIt’s a “secret” - someone has to tell you about itIs secretly a lair