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Former Daiquiri Factory owner sues city of Spokane from his jail cell

Following a trail of legal losses dating to 2014 when he became notorious for naming a drink Date Grape Koolaid, the former owner of the Daiquiri Factory in downtown Spokane has filed a hand-written federal lawsuit against the City of Spokane from his cell in the Spokane County Jail.

Daiquiri Factory facing eviction again

The embattled Daiquiri Factory at 121 N. Wall St. in downtown Spokane, which faced criticism and lawsuits over the names of its drinks, is once again facing eviction.

Former Daiquiri Factory bar owner admits to debit card theft

Jamie Pendleton, who sparked controversy with his “Date Grape Kool-Aid” drink at his downtown Spokane bar and violated federal trademark law for using Gonzaga University’s bulldog mascot in bar promotions, has admitted using a Post Falls man’s debit card to steal almost $1,000. Pendleton, 42, pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony grand theft. He will be sentenced May 24 in 1st District Court for Idaho.

Gonzaga victorious in trademark suit

Gonzaga University won a legal victory this week against the owner of a shuttered downtown bar that had been illegally using the school's trademarks. U.S. District Court Judge Lonny Suko entered a permanent injunction Thursday barring Jamie Pendleton, owner of the Downtown Spokane Daiquiri Factory, from using the school’s trademarks in future promotions for the controversial bar. Suko had previously ruled that Pendleton violated federal trademark law when he used Gonzaga’s bulldog mascot and other university materials in promotions for the bar during the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament last March. Pendleton argued that Gonzaga’s trademarks were not currently registered with the U.S. Patent Office, but Suko found that people might mistakenly believe Gonzaga had given Pendleton its blessing to use its mascot and logo.

Daiquiri Factory owner loses appeal of eviction

The owner of a controversial bar that closed last month after it was evicted lost an appeal on Thursday to reopen the downtown business. Spokane Superior Court Judge Linda Tompkins denied Jamie Pendleton’s appeal to restore the tenancy of his Spokane Downtown Daiquiri Factory on Wall Street. Tompkins upheld the orders that evicted Pendleton and his business last month following controversy over one of the bar’s drink names, “Date Grape Koolaid.”

Shawn Vestal: Spokane Daiquiri Factory owner consistently did the wrong thing

It would not have happened to a nicer guy. When the deputies came to put a stake in the heart of the Spokane Daiquiri Factory, it had long since ceased being a matter of one ignorant rape joke. That controversy might well have subsided, had the guy who owned the place done the simple, obvious, decent thing. And, had decency not been a good enough reason to do that, a self-interested business owner might have simply recognized the chance to make the most of all the attention he was getting and pretended to be decent. He could have spun that manure into great PR: We’ve changed the name. We made a mistake. We’re very sorry.

Daiquiri Factory, controversial Spokane bar, gets evicted

Less than five months after opening amid public outcry about one of its drink names, the controversial Daiquiri Factory in downtown Spokane was shuttered Monday morning with assistance from sheriff’s deputies. The bar’s owner, Jamie Pendleton, said in an email the bar would miss the upcoming Hoopfest, but he expected the property on Wall Street to be returned to him following a scheduled hearing next month.

Embattled bar owner gets eviction notice

The landlord of a controversial downtown bar won a victory Wednesday after a judge signed an order evicting the Spokane Downtown Daiquiri Factory from its location on West Main Avenue. The bar’s owner, who also is battling Gonzaga University in a federal trademark case, has vowed to appeal.

Atlanta bar sues Daiquiri Factory for trademark infringement

The legal woes continue for a downtown Spokane bar that incited a national firestorm for naming a drink “Date Grape Koolaid” earlier this year. Kechia Matadin, owner of an Atlanta bar and grill named “The Daiquiri Factory,” has joined Gonzaga University in suing owner Jamie Pendleton and “The Daiquiri Factory Spokane” alleging the company stole her name and tarnished her business’s reputation as a result of the controversy. Protests over the drink’s name, featured prominently in online ads for the bar, prompted a rebranding earlier this year.

Gonzaga sues Daiquiri Factory over drink name, logos

Gonzaga University has filed a federal lawsuit to stop a controversial downtown bar from using its logo and mascot in advertising. Pendleton Enterprises and Jamie Pendleton, owner of the Daiquiri Factory, are named in the lawsuit. The business attracted a firestorm of negative attention for naming a drink “Date Grape Koolaid.”