Lakewood, Ohio — Yuzu, a popular restaurant and bar in Lakewood known for its whacky events and promotions, has created controversy with its newest drink, a berry margarita called the “Even Can’t Literally.”
The drink is a part of Yuzu’s new happy hour offerings. The fruity beverage, when announced, included a tampon applicator atop the red mixed drink, making it look … pretty unappetizing.
Last week, Yuzu posted a photo of the drink on social media, noting that one dollar from every drink purchase would be donated to a local women’s shelter. However, the fundraising effort received decidedly mixed reviews.
Some Facebook users thought the drink was humorous and the cause was noble, while others bashed the restaurant’s use of tampons in drinks when they could have donated them to shelters. Others found offense in the drink’s appearance, saying it body-shamed women.
The post received over 1,000 comments and hundreds of shares on Facebook.
This isn’t the first time Yuzu has run into controversy. In February, Yuzu posted a joke on its Instagram story about fentanyl use and later had to publicly apologize.
Yuzu responded to the “Even Can’t Literally” drink controversy yesterday, standing behind the drink’s creation.
“This was a concept created by our female staff members to raise money for a local women’s shelter, the Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center,” the restaurant posted on Facebook. “Our goal is also to spark an important conversation about the advocacy of women’s health issues, ignite awareness and action towards the needs of local women’s shelters, and dispel archaic attitudes about women’s bodies.”
The restaurant also said that it has received a lot of support in its fundraising effort.
But, it doesn’t look like the drink will exist in its original form.
According to a WKYC report, the Cuyahoga County Health Department stopped at Yuzu yesterday and told the bar it couldn’t include tampon applicators in its drinks until tests deemed it was safe.
Yuzu will continue to create the “Even Can’t Literally” beverage and will donate the tampons to local shelters.
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