Why? Co-owner and founder Michael Heyne said that people didn't understand the original name, a reference to doner kebabs (which isn’t even available on the menu anymore). As QSR Magazine wrote:
For starters, it was hard to pronounce. Its meaning — Vert also translates to green in French — was pretty much lost on customers. In fact, Heyne says it had a negative impact, since it felt industrial and didn't conjure up any thoughts of food or the culinary angle the brand worked so hard to develop.
The new name refers to lunch time. Noon is also Farsi for bread. This also means a new look, which will apply to the chain's impending locations, as well as some of the already-established restaurants too.
Verts already went through a slight name change in 2016, from the original VertsKebap. The restaurant has also changed the menu a lot through the years.
The chain had been closing numerous Austin-area locations (South Lamar, near Anderson Mill, Cedar Park, Georgetown), Dallas, Houston, and both of San Antonio’s only two restaurants. There are now only eight Verts in Austin..
Heyne and co-owner/founder Dominik Stein opened Verts in 2011.