Wednesday Roundup: Frozen Cocktail Edition

Protesters gathered Saturday to express their disgust at the downtown Spokane establishment promoting a drink called “Date Grape Kool-Aid.” (PHOTO: KHQ Local News)

Protests continue over the Spokane Downtown Daiquiri Factory‘s glorification of sexual violence in the name of one of its beverages unveiled for its opening this past weekend. The drink, “Date Grape Kool-Aid,” has sparked significant national press coverage and calls for the name to be changed. In a PR disaster reminiscent of the Amy’s Baking Company fiasco of early 2013, the owner of the bar has held firm, several times lambasting opponents of the name and even rape victims and advocates.

It goes without saying, but this is not the type of establishment that we so desperately need in downtown Spokane. We favor businesses that contribute to the community, working with neighbors and local citizens to better the area and the region as a whole. These types of businesses have a sense of decency which the owners of the Spokane Downtown Daiquiri Factory clearly lack.

Here’s a roundup of just some of the national, regional, and local attention which has been paid to this story.