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Former Bulldog tavern now calling itself the University Bar and Grill

The patrons have voted, and the new name for the former Bulldog in the Gonzaga Neighborhood is ....University Bar and Grill.

Owner Mary Livingston said this week more than a thousand people voted and helped select the location's new name.

After Livingston took over the business (and could not use the trademarked name, Bulldog) she went through several names, including the 1305 Club (for 1305 N. Hamilton, the business address). It was also, briefly, zagZ and for awhile The Dog.

"We had hundreds of great names suggested and the final decision was tough,” she said. She said the hope was to connect with nearby GU's community but also not alienate fans and patrons from other colleges and schools.

The bar will celebrate with a three-day grand opening that starts next week, Friday May 11.

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