Downey Residents Don't Want a Bar Called 'Bastards'

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The latest not-in-our-town restaurant debacle comes not from pho-king Boringville Mission Viejo but from OC-close Downey. 

Residents are petitioning against a new sports bar called Bastards. LAist reports that one woman wrote a letter to The Downey Patriot saying the name is "not only offensive, it is not appropriate for this family-friendly city that places high value on character." (Wait, Downey?)

But owner Nicholas Velez said there's a deeper meaning behind the name. He told Downey Beat that it comes from "Magnificent Bastards," a nickname for the 2nd battalion 4th Marines infantry unit. This establishment will be operated by service members and veterans, and the name is a badge of honor.  

"I wake up every day proud to be a bastard, so we did not name our restaurant 'Bastards' to offend anyone," Velez told the newspaper. 

City officials state that due to free speech laws, there's not much they can do to stop the bastard. They say that while bastard "is not a word usually used in polite conversation," they hope that "the military story behind the name will help make residents more comfortable with it." The beer and BBQ joint plans to open soon.

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Gloria_carrillo30
Gloria_carrillo30

good luck to you guys at Bastards, I was there and i loved it!!!!!! There are people out there who just need to worry about bigger issues.... A bar Name REALLY??????????????????

Pappyboy
Pappyboy

I was there last night for the kings game, the place was packed with lots of people enjoying the place. Ive lived in downey over 30 yrs, i say let it stay.

Snakehillboyz Girl
Snakehillboyz Girl

Downey Residents Don't Want a Bar Called 'Bastards'  Hum, let's see, I'm a resident of Downey and have been for 47 years.  I've NEVER said I don't want Bastards in my neighborhood.  If these people think bastard is offensive they should hear how their children talk at school, that is what offends me ! The F-bomb is thrown around pretty freely at the school where I work (in Downey.)  Perhaps they should stop being so worried about a business sign on Downey Ave. and start parenting their children. 

JudeLawGuardian
JudeLawGuardian

"Bastard" is simply the accurate term for an illegitimate child. So? Why should that be offensive? There are plenty of those in Downey as well as everywhere else across the USA; aren't there much bigger problems in this country beyond being politically correct and worrying about a word? If our veterans are running it and enjoy patronizing it, who cares what they call it? Freedom of speech. Wish I lived closer; I'd probably frequent it.

2cents
2cents

It hopefully has nothing to do with the former ownership which was lousy and a rip off of customer's time and money. Wary of anything referring to BASTARD ... That's a great Marine or fighting force nickname but as a food/bar establishment maybe not. 2 cents from an employee working in Downey.

JB
JB

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Downey the hometown of The Carpenters?  And that fabric softener?  I agree with the woman who wrote the letter...the epitome of family-friendly.  It would only be more family-friendly if Pat Boone and Suavitel came from there.   

Larry
Larry

Where is this place at?

Hrami72
Hrami72

People need to get over it.... There r more serious issues in this world and they wanna complain about an establishment,.that not only is it gonna be veteran friendly, but it's being operated by one of our own. I too am ex-military and say go for it guys. We didn't serve to let anyone tell us what we can and can't call our home away from home. Whooooa!

JB
JB

I do hope you know I was being sarcastic.  I'm actually not really interested in the debate about the name, but I'm *very* interested in supporting and respecting veterans.  I regret if my joking was interpreted as being the opposite of that.

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