Hispanic Cultural Differences Cause Meriden Restaurant To Change It's Name

 identity politics


After receiving complaints about it, owner Luis Negron is changing the name of his Colony Street, Meriden restaurant, formerly Coño Grill Restaurant.
The new name is El Condado Grill Restaurant, after the specific part of San Juan, Puerto Rico where his family is from.

“Seventy percent of the dishes I serve at the restaurant were made in that specific town,” Negron said. “They’re dishes that my father made, that were brought down from his mother.”

The former name of the restaurant at 105 Colony St. raised eyebrows because of its nuanced meanings. In some cultures, coño is considered a lewd term that may be offensive. But it is also used as a word to express surprise, disappointment or amazement. In his culture, Negron said, it’s an expression that can be used for every situation.
The differences “didn’t really cross my mind,” Negron said, when he was choosing a name for the establishment.
“It means something totally different in Puerto Rico than it does in South America,” he said.
In a Nov. 7 Record-Journal article, Negron said, “If we eat something and it tastes good, we say……..
To read full article: www.myrecordjournal.com/meriden/meridennews/6226983-129/puerto-rican-restaurant-in-meriden-changes-name-after-complaints.html

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2 thoughts on “Hispanic Cultural Differences Cause Meriden Restaurant To Change It's Name

  1. I was more concerned with Meriden’s Mayor Torres that the name was somehow offensive to non-hispanic residents. Mr. Mayor, they would not know what the name meant, never mind be offended by it.
    My comments should not be construed about the name change. The old name would in fact have different meanings for different countries, even if it isn’t offensive to Puerto Ricans or even our Cuban brothers and sisters.

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