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(tw: rape, rape culture) ‘Date Grape Koolaid’ at new Spokane bar sparks controversy

5:40 pm - 02/09/2014

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.

“Date Grape Koolaid is not a clever or funny name. It is offensive and condones sexual assault,” Devin Rourke posted under the menu on the venue’s Facebook page, which has more than 2,000 “likes.”

“I am disgusted and mortified by your jest at sexual assault. I can only hope that you will wise up and change the name of your drink. It was wrong of you to name your drink ‘Date Grape Koolaid’ and the fact that you keep referring to it as a joke makes it even more degrading and offensive,” Sara Frase posted.

Jessica Randall called the name “totally lame”: “I would rethink that one before you lose a majority of your business before you even get started!”

Owner Jamie Pendleton couldn’t be reached for comment Friday. And one of the menu posts with many of the comments expressing concern over the drink name – as well as responses from the business – was taken down Friday afternoon.

“It’s A Daiquiri Bar, not a CANDY STORE! 21 & UP WELCOME!” was posted, then deleted, by the venue.

So was a post describing the drink as “yummy” – “especially when your not trying to take it out of context.. So funny how this gets more attention than Victoria’s Secret!”

The club, at 121 N. Wall St., advertises “Fun! Dancing! Drinks! Grub! Jamz!” on its website and Facebook page. A deejay booth sits just inside its double front doors, opening onto a dance floor and lounge area decorated in a red, black and white color scheme. A roll-up, glass, garage-like door leads to a patio space on Wall Street.

“Our concept is give Spokane what it hasn’t had,” said general manager Alex Dang, 38, adding, “We’re catering to women.”

The Urban Dictionary website defines the term “ date grape” as “when you and your loved one get drunk off of wine and end up hooking up.”

Daiquiri Factory is no wine bar. It serves 15 signature boozy beverages – some made with 90-proof Parrot Bay Rum or Everclear – and one virgin strawberry daiquiri referred to as “Victoria’s Secret.”

Other drink names include Spurricane River, Spokolada, South Hill and Eastern Washington Iced Tea.

Tonight’s preview party has specials like $1.45 Fireball shots and $1.45 Angry Orchard pints. The pricing refers to the 104.5 “JAMZ” local hip-hop radio station. Pendleton also owns Pendleton Broadcasting, which operates the station.

Initially, the club will be open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, beginning at 5 p.m., Dang said. Three house DJs are slated to spin hip-hop music, he said.

Some Facebook fans said they can’t wait for the opening, including a couple of commenters already encouraging a second location in Coeur d’Alene

Others – like Luis Enrique Lopez – are taking Daiquiri Factory to task for removing comments from its Facebook page: “Don’t be sneaky by deleting the picture of the menu with the negative comments. You have to realize that making a cutesy joke about rape isn’t funny. At all.”

Wrote Kevin Kelly: “I can’t wait for the ‘Foot in Mouth Fruit Cooler.’ ”


Kraft tells Washington bar 'Date Grape Koolaid' objectionable

(Bloomberg) — Northfield-based Kraft Foods Group Inc., the maker of Kool-Aid, Jell-O and Cheez Whiz, is demanding a bar in Spokane, Wash., stop offering a cocktail named "Date Grape Koolaid" that critics say trivializes date rape, the Spokesman-Review newspaper reported.

Caroline Krajewski, spokeswoman for Kraft, said the company is "appalled" at the Daiquiri Factory's use of the name, and will soon take action against the bar, according to the newspaper.
The AP reports that a post on the bar's Facebook page says 10 gallons of the drink were served on Feb. 1.

aerdran 10th-Feb-2014 12:12 am (UTC)
I hate seeing my city be in the news with crap like this. One of the local TV stations that I liked on Facebook has put up at least a couple of links to stories about it, and it just boggles my mind how many people, women included, think people should stop protesting because it's just a drink and people are being too oversensitive, yadda yadda. I don't know where it's going to go, but I really hope they stop offering the drink. It certainly hasn't hurt their business, at least as far as I've noticed. In fact, some people are going there (which I'm sure is no surprise) just because people are protesting it.

So glad Kraft is taking action, though. I hope they follow through.
chimbleysweep 10th-Feb-2014 12:29 am (UTC)
God love Spokane.
sio 10th-Feb-2014 12:38 am (UTC)
the FB page is a train wreck....whoever runs it is either using "grape" in every other post and comment, bragging about how packed the place is (with videos showing maybe a dozen people in them LOL) or whining about parking tickets he ended up with saying that no one cared that he parked illegally until they were exposed with this incident.
naomily07 10th-Feb-2014 01:16 am (UTC)
Well done to Kraft, hopefully they follow through!
robintheshrew 10th-Feb-2014 02:36 am (UTC)
Go, Kraft! Fix this!
aerdran 10th-Feb-2014 05:06 am (UTC)
I just found out that the owner of this bar also owns a local radio station. So did some of the station's sponsors. Thus far, four of them have cut ties with the station. He's not backing down at this point. Hopefully more sponsors will pull out.
moonshaz 10th-Feb-2014 09:53 pm (UTC)
wrestlingdog 10th-Feb-2014 01:05 pm (UTC)
Well, this is horrifying. I'm glad Kraft's stepping in, though.
moonshaz 10th-Feb-2014 09:55 pm (UTC)
Yay for Kraft and the radio station sponsors and anyone (or any entity) else that is calling the bar out on this.

The bar's actions have been disgusting, but the response is very encouraging imo.
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