There’s been some controversy over a new restaurant on Fraser Street called Escobar. Last month they sent me a press release that gave me pause…
“The familiar and new. Latin America and the Pacific North West. Comfort and adventure. This sense of duality — in honour of their namesake, Pablo Escobar, who was perceived as a great man to some and a villain to others — is threaded throughout the restaurant, from the dishes to the décor to the atmosphere. This May, Escobar invites you into their home. Proceed with curiosity, an open-mind and just a little caution.”
Naming a restaurant after a drug lord and narco-terrorist responsible for the deaths of thousands is probably not going to go over well, like Indonesia’s Nazi-themed cafe or Vancouver’s Trump Tower (hey wait…). But the name “Escobar” is more stupid than bad. How stupid? About as stupid as any argument that begins with “Any press is good press”. So it’s pretty bad. But is it the worst?
Several years ago we put together a poll of the most unfortunate restaurant names we’d ever come across in Vancouver. Today we wonder how Escobar would rank among them. Accordingly, we’ve added it to their midst so our readership can arrange them in order of awfulness. And yes, these were real restaurants, though not a single one of them – save fledgling Escobar – is still around.