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.
- On the Menu at the Spokane Downtown Daiquiri Factory [The Inlander: Bloglander]
- “Date Grape Koolaid” Backlash Continues [The Inlander: Bloglander]
- Dozens Protest Opening Of The Daiquiri Factory After Drink Named ‘Date Grape Koolaid’ [KHQ]
- ‘Date Grape Koolaid’ daiquiri sparks protest at Washington state bar [New York Daily News]
- Bar Responds to Critics of Its “Date Grape Kool-Aid” Daiquiri [NBC Bay Area]
- Kraft Foods appalled by drink name at Spokane bar [The Seattle Times]
- Bar that served ‘Date Grape Koolaid’ defends name with Urban Dictionary [New York Daily News]
- Spokane Bar’s “Date Grape Koolaid” Angers Rape Survivors [TIME]