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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 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.

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.”

In brief: Date Grape Koolaid daiquiri renamed by Spokane bar

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. Protesters 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.

Doug Clark: Free speech shields bar; customers may not

When I heard that a Spokane bar was serving “Date Grape Koolaid,” I knew the morons running this joint would eventually need my help. And sure enough, the Daiquiri Factory, 121 N. Wall St., is now in trouble up to its highballs.

Kraft ‘appalled’ by Spokane bar’s drink name

Kraft Foods wants a Spokane bar to quit using its iconic Kool-Aid brand for a controversial drink name that protesters say trivializes rape. The newly opened Daiquiri Factory at 121 N. Wall St. sells a drink called “Date Grape Koolaid.”

Downtown bar draws protest with ‘Date Grape Koolaid’

Nearly a hundred people turned out Saturday evening to protest at the grand opening of the Daiquiri Factory in downtown Spokane, loudly chanting objections to a drink named “Date Grape Koolaid.” The protest was organized on Facebook in a matter of hours after the nightclub posted its drink menu on Friday. Taylor Malone set up a page on the social media site advertising the protest.

‘Date Grape Koolaid’ at new Spokane bar sparks controversy

A new daiquiri-and-deejay nightclub in downtown Spokane sparked heated online discussion Friday surrounding the name of one of its cocktails. The $6 “Date Grape Koolaid” is one of the alcoholic beverages on the menu at Daiquiri Factory, a hip-hop bar and dance club slated to open tonight. According to the “February Sneak Preview” menu posted on the nightclub’s Facebook page, the beverage is made of rum and “super-sweet” grape-flavored Kool-Aid – and it’s been drawing comments condemning its title.