SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Daiquiri Factory in Downtown Spokane appeared to be backing off the name of its controversial drink “Date Grape Koolaid.” The drink’s name had sparked outrage and protests outside the business in recent weeks.
On Friday, the bar posted its drink menu which replaced Date Grape Koolaid with the name “Grape #Q-Laid.” The word “Date” is blocked out on the new menu.
The recently opened Daiquiri Factory has been the subject of heavy criticism in recent weeks from people claiming the name “Date Grape Koolaid” trivialized rape. The owner of the Daiquiri Factory, Jamie Pendleton, has frequently called out his critics online but has declined to speak with the media about the controversy.
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Meanwhile, protesters were not certain whether or not they would stage another demonstration outside the Daiquiri Factory Saturday evening, despite the drink's name being changed.