Is This Sushi Restaurant Sign Offensive? - as part of the news series by GeoBeats.
A Montreal restaurant has been forced to change the name of its business. Fukyu Sushi Bar & Restaurant was recently taken to court by the building’s landlord over the name, which in Japanese refers to a type of martial arts technique.
A commercial real estate brokerage representative notes - “It’s not so much for the tenants who are there, but it’s for the next tenants where there is a vacancy."
The judge gave the owner, John De Melo, 24 hours to cover up the signage.
Posted on their facebook page, the owners state that “it is obviously a play on words! We won't deny that! We didn't mean to offend or insult anybody, in fact, we found it hilarious and thought it was reflective of our OPEN-MINDEDNESS & CREATIVITY."
Some are not so easily offended. For example, the Marton Theme Restaurant, Taiwan is wildly popular even though the entire restaurant is decorated like a bathroom. This includes toilet bowls for chairs and a glass covered bathtub as a table.
The owner says "We not only sell food but also laughter.