February 15, 2014

Spokane bar changes name of controversial drink

By The Spokesman-Review
 

The controversial name of a drink at a downtown Spokane hip hop bar has been changed after weeks of protests and a boycott of the business. The Date Grape Koolaid daiquiri has been changed to Grape #Q-Laid at the Daiquiri Factory.

Protestors complained that the original name made light of date rape and asked that it be changed. They claimed that bar owner Jamie Pendleton, who also owns radio station 104.5 Jamz, instead mocked them on Facebook and Twitter.

The word “Date” is still on the menu but now has “banned” stamped across it. A representative of Kraft Foods, which owns the Kool-Aid brand, recently said the company would send the bar a letter ordering it to stop using its trademarked name.

Last week Facebook took down the bar’s page on the grounds it violated company standards, but a new Facebook page for the business was created Wednesday. A picture of the new menu on the bar’s site shows that the non-alcoholic drink originally named Victoria’s Secret has now been renamed Veronica’s Secret.

The bar’s page also claims that #Q-Laid is a registered trademark of Pendleton Enterprises and the Spokane Downtown Daiquiri Factory.

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