A soon-to-be-open restaurant in Vancouver is coming under fire from the Colombian Consulate for naming the new eatery Escobar, the surname of notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.
The consulate wrote to Daily Hive on April 26 to express its deep concern regarding the name of the restaurant.
“Escobar is a last name that recalls one of the darkest episodes of the Colombian history. As everybody knows, Pablo Escobar was a narcoterrorist, who was responsible for thousands of deaths in Colombia.”
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“So, this restaurant wants to be attractive based on the suffering of the Colombian people?”
Author of the letter Diana Patricia Aguilar Pulido (Consul General of Colombia) continues to explain that this kind of name doesn’t allow the Colombian community to leave the past in the past and doesn’t give Colombian’s the opportunity to be perceived in a positive light.
Pulido concludes the letter by suggesting a handful of names that would enhance the values of the Colombian community along with their principles and identity.
Escobar Restaurant’s name was chosen based on the decisions to “invoke a sense of duality” in its patrons with both the menu and the decor.
In a release sent to Daily Hive on April 19, the Latin American spot explained that “Pablo Escobar was perceived as a great man to some and a villain to others.”
Escobar is set to open its doors on May 11.