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Spokane Bar Receives Protests Over “Date Grape” Cocktail

For some of us here in Missoula, we have made the trip to Spokane Washington, to “get out of town.” I know that I have made the trip several times, just looking to party. One bar that you may want to keep off your list is Spokane’s Daiquiri Factory. That is of course if you don’t mind the angry mob, standing out front with pitchforks and torches. The bar has recently came under fire for naming a drink on their menu “Date Grape Kool-Aid.”

According to nydailynews

Criticism of the Daiquiri Factory in downtown Spokane started brewing after the drink appeared on a menu posted to its Facebook page Thursday in anticipation of its Friday night opening.

“(You’re) making a joke out of the pain so many of us had to endure by naming a drink after an act of abuse is narrow-minded and insensitive,” one Facebook user wrote. “Obviously you are more concerned with your bottom line and trying to be clever, and instead of concern for the people who live in this state.”

Rebecca Nagle, one of the leaders of Force, a feminist group dedicated to upsetting rape culture, said that jokes like Date Grape not only silence survivors but send the wrong messages for rapists.

But the reports and outrage do not appear to have hurt the bar’s opening weekend, if their social media bravado can be trusted. On Wednesday, the bar boasted of the controversial drink’s success on Facebook.

“Thanks So Much Spokane! We Sold Over 10 Gallons of Date Grape Koolaid Tonight!”


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