MOUNT ANGEL, Ore. – A Mount Angel bar named The Drunken German opened for business Monday, but not without controversy.
Several people contacted city officials with complaints after they saw the name on the sign outside the future business. They felt the name insulted the Bavarian-themed town’s heritage.
The owner of the bar, David Borchers, said he didn’t want to offend anyone and he chose the name because it was “catchy” and “hard to forget.” He said he's of German descent himself and was okay with it.
As part of the process to open his new business, Borchers recently applied for a liquor license. City officials recommended that the Oregon Liquor Control Commission approve his license, but also acknowledged that the name didn’t sit well with everyone.
"You know, its a German community and I think some people just got emotional about it," said Mount Angel Mayor Andrew Otte.
Borchers said he does not plan to change the name. If nothing else, he said, the controversy over it has only brought him more publicity.
“I am concerned that with my name there might be some prejudice, but I find it to be from a select few and I don’t think a select few can control the whole town, if you know what I mean,” Borchers said.
Background: Some complain Mt Angel bar name 'offensive'