The 2016 presidential race will (thankfully) be over in a little more than a week, but one Texas restaurant owner has made a big change to his business in order to create a permanent memento of this bonkers election.
According to the Houston Chronicle, a small restaurant in Bellville (about 60 miles outside of Houston) has officially changed its name to Trump Cafe in honor of the GOP nominee. “He loves America and we hope he will be president,” said co-owner Su Hawa. “People like the name, they’re supporting him.”
Trump Cafe will also offer a decidedly different menu than Bellville Cafe, which used to be a spot for casual French fare. Now, the owners will serve “American, Trump-themed” food like a burger topped with cheese, bacon, and barbecue sauce and chicken fried steaks. But of course.
Despite Bellville’s history as a Republican stronghold, though, not everyone is happy with the name change. “I guess no one ever told the owner you don't mix a service oriented business with religion or politics 'cause you are bound to offend someone,” reads one comment to Trump Cafe’s Facebook page. “And in a small town like Bellville where this business has not had much success he would want to have as many people eat there as possible. I think he has no idea how many he has offended by naming a restaurant after a psychotic sexual predator.”
One also has to wonder if the notoriously litigious Trump will sue the owners for using his name. Back in 1988, Trump sued a group of South African business owners with the same last name for opening a company called The Trump Group, and successfully had the group’s trademark revoked. Time will tell.
In the meantime, the owners of Trump Café have no plans to change the name of their restaurant again, even if Trump isn’t victorious on election day.