Lunch At The Pink Taco Anyone?

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    I just love Arizona.

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    In a city aspiring to be defined by its good taste, a new Mexican restaurant, the Pink Taco, is opening with a name that some find offensive.

    Scottsdale Mayor Mary Manross was so put off by the name, a slang term for vagina, that she asked its owner to change it.

    "I don't appreciate anything that offends more than half the population," Manross said. "But he said no and heard my concern. I really didn't want to see a business with that name opening anywhere here."

    Sounding more strip club than cantina, the restaurant isn't coy about the double entendre.

    "(The name) came out of a dish (that's on the menu), but it's tongue-in-cheek. It was amusing, catchy," Pink Taco CEO Harry Morton said. "You've got to stand out from the rest of the crowd."

    The Scottsdale City Council will consider the Pink Taco's application for a liquor license May 15 and will vote whether to recommend that the state liquor board approve the license. No letters of opposition have been filed with the city so far, but Pink Taco management is nervous about the name controversy because the restaurant won't open without that license.

    The original Pink Taco is inside Morton's family-owned Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, where they serve strong margaritas and upscale food with sides of loud rock, Mexican art and "East LA" bric-a-brac, i.e. low-rider bicycles and license plates.

    "I haven't had a single flap since the restaurant opened - in 6 years," Morton said.

    Scottsdale is first in a planned expansion to other "AAA+ locations in A+ markets," he said.

    The Pink Taco is slated to open in June on the corner of Scottsdale and Camelback roads in the $250 million Scottsdale Waterfront.

    The restaurant will be next to the elegant Wildfish Seafood Grille and boutiques where blouses sell for as much as the payment on a Lexus. Nearby condos under construction will cost as much as $4 million.

    And the name does offend some.

    "It's degrading to women. It sounds like a sexual slur," said Dorina Wilson, 40, of Phoenix, a mom who shops in the area regularly.

    Dawn Staples-Kerr, 39, of Scottsdale, agreed.

    "I don't think we'd even go to lunch there. It's already been a talking topic," she said. "We were like, 'Can you believe they're going to open something with that name here?' "

    Moments later, Staples-Kerr explained the phrase to a friend who's 44. Giggling ensued.

    David Roderique, the economic-vitality director for Scottsdale, also giggled when asked about the restaurant. Then he regained his composure.

    "While there may be some people who have concerns about the name of the restaurant, we've got a younger crowd who appreciates more diversity and finding ways to slap the establishment," he said.

    The leasing agents in charge of the Waterfront's retail space knew the name had baggage, but it didn't matter in the face of the hipster cachet the Pink Taco would bring, said LeDonna Spongberg, vice president of leasing at the Phoenix-based Corritore Co.

    "We knew who they were, and we liked them; they bring a really high energy to the project," she said.

    Future condo tenants haven't been turned off by the name, said Jeff Roberts, vice president of real estate development with Opus West, the Waterfront condo developer.

    Rick Kidder, president of the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce, wonders if people aren't upset because the name goes over their heads.

    "I've seen the Blue Burrito, and I thought, 'Oh, Pink Taco. OK.' " he said. "Somebody had to explain it to me. I just didn't get it."

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    I'd bet anyone who is really offended at the name of that place is NOT 'good in bed'.

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    I'd eat there. lol
     
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    I wouldn't. Sounds like a place for lezzies.
     
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    It is a weird name, but certainly if the food was good I would dine there.
     
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    ... even though "pink taco" is a crude, smutty little derogatory name for a woman's... thingy? :confused:
     
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    LOL if it was a lezbo hangout HELL NO! Or if the name was chosen specifically to insult women, again HELL NO!!

    But to me it just sounds like a name that was chosen to stand out, not to insult anyone. In NY there are so many over the top, pretentious names for restaurants that you get used to it, and pick one that has good food, good service, and atmosphere.
     
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    Hmmm... OK. Maybe I'll open a restaurant called the LOVE POLE... :cof:
     
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    I've always thought the people behind Hooter's should open a new restaurant in the parking lot adjacent to every one of their restaurants.


    Left side of the parking lot, for the men: Hooters. Keep the female servers and their tight clothes.

    Right side of the parking lot, for the women: Peckers. Male servers with "uniforms" the women would approve of.
     
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    Stranger things have happened, Im waiting for a club to open up somewhere called "Boobs and Schlongs" :rolleyes: :laugh: wouldn't surpise me :p:
     

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