“Liberals… the reason we can’t have nice things!”
The left is ruining restaurant choices in Oregon. First it was a burrito eatery in Portland; now it’s a Hawaiian-themed restaurant 80 miles to the south in Corvallis.
— GazetteTimes.com (@gtnews) July 1, 2017
Both establishments closed almost from the moment they opened, but not because the food was bad. They were forced to cease operations because liberals had accused the owners of “cultural appropriation.”
Two weeks after Cloud Davidson opened The Hapuna Kahuna Tiki Bar & Kitchen he closed its doors amid accusations of racial insensitivity.
“I unintentionally made a mistake and I’m very sorry,” Davidson told the Corvallis Gazette-Times, which reported:
Davidson said that residents of Polynesian ancestry, including those with the Oregon State University Asian and Pacific Cultural Center, complained about a combination of factors such as the use of a Hawaiian name, traditional iconography displayed in a cartoonish way, and how plastic leis were handed off to customers.
There also were grumbles, however, that Davidson wasn’t selling authentic Hawaiian fare.
Cloud Davidson’s Facebook apology:
With a heavy heart I have to admit I made a huge mistake with the Tiki bar. The community has spoken and I now understand that the Tiki bar is a form of cultural appropriation. This is not okay, and I am more than happy to change.
The OSU Asian and Pacific Island Cultural Center has been very patient and kind in helping me understand the how & why of these issues and I am very thankful.
I am so very sorry that I offended anyone, as that was never my intention. I feel awful about all of it.
Sunday I’ll close the Tiki bar, take down all of the culturally significant items and then reopen Sunday eve at 730 pm for the scheduled music, as all one big Downward Dog. The new side will be a family friendly environment, have servers, yummy tropical drinks, heck we’ll even bring back the lamb burger soon! We’ll keep on with the live music, too.
I love this community so very much. Please forgive me for my lapse in judgement. I’ll do everything possible to repair as much as I can.
“I’m very sympathetic to the issues that were brought up to me. And I’m not for a moment going to tell a person of color that they’re wrong for how they feel,” Davidson said.
Ironically, while liberal loons objected to the restaurant’s menu, local native Hawaiians and other Polynesians not only couldn’t see what the big deal was but also didn’t want to be deprived of an authentic taste of home.
And there was a reason for its authenticity.
In an interview this week originally intended for a Monday business page feature on Hapuna Kahuna, Davidson said that he spent much time in Hawaii as a youth, visiting every summer as his uncle, aunt and cousins lived on the Kona side of the Big Island.
Hapuna Beach was just down the street.
Davidson has lived in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, so the Tiki theme made sense as, despite its origins in the mainland United States, it drew from a wide region of the Pacific, Davidson said. His chef Ko Atteberry is half-Japanese, with a deep background in the cuisine that plays a major role in Hawaiian fare.
“A lot of this has to do with family,” Davidson told the Gazette-Times. “That was a big part of my childhood.”
This isn’t his only area restaurant. He also owns DeMaggio’s New York Pizza and Bombs Away Café, a Southwestern restaurant.
Apparently the left isn’t concerned that he’s not a native NewYorker, from the Southwest or isn’t Italian.
Folks on social media saw it all as more of the same.
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The restaurant didn’t even last two weeks. https://t.co/sybOLBchc5
— Heat Street (@heatstreet) July 4, 2017
Ahhhhh Oregon… where it is now “cultural appropriation” to cook food from another culture… sooooo progressive
— Bill (@MathNerdBill) July 4, 2017
Welcome to the New America!
— Cindy Patrick (@itsjustme918) July 4, 2017
States not to visit @TravelOregon
— gallows pole (@Zepplinrules) July 4, 2017
So, it’s wrong for minorities to eat American food? Or is this another of those one-way streets?
— Barbara E Rush (@okiequakey) July 4, 2017
Mexicans make my burgers so what the fuck??
— Actual cunt (@realactualcunt) July 5, 2017
What the hell kind of state has Oregon turned in to? It sounds like a dictatorship run by loons? Oregonians used to be “real” people
— Z (@ZPaulVa) July 4, 2017
Finally there was this assessment, which was met with approval:
— The Original K K (@shoeluver67) July 4, 2017
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