San Francisco, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – Yesterday, The Adobo Chronicles reported that the newly-opened Mexican restaurant in the Castro changed its name from Bandidos to Hecho.
The name change came after a small group of Latino Americans headed by openly-gay Latina comedian Marga Gómez protested the name Bandidos which they said was offensive to Mexican Americans. It is a Spanish word for “criminal” or “outlaw.”
Well, the name change didn’t put an end to the controversy. Now a group of Filipino Americans living and working in the Castro is protesting the new name. In Tagalog slang, the plural of Hecho sounds too close to a Filipino term, echos, which means “lie.” When someone is called echosero or echosera, it means he or she is a liar.
“We are thrilled that a new Mexican restaurant has opened in the Castro,” the group said, “especially because Mexican cuisine is similar in many ways to Filipino food. But to name the restaurant Hecho is offensive to us, Pinoys (slang for Filipino).
The group is headed by openly-gay Filipino American actor and comedian Alec Mapa, a San Francisco native. It is scheduled to meet with Hecho’s owners early next week.
Will Bandidos, a.k.a. Hecho change its name yet again? How about just “The Mexican Restaurant?”
San Francisco, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – What do ‘gangster,’ ‘mob,’ ‘mafia’ and ‘bandido’ have in common? They all mean criminal or outaw.
There is a Mob Bar in Las Vegas, a Gangsters Bar and Grill in Wisconsin, and lots of Italian Mafia restaurants across the U.S. But in San Francisco – in the heart of politically-correct gay Castro District, some residents are protesting the name of a new Mexican restaurant on Market and Sanchez Streets — Bandidos.
Among those opposed to the name is openly-lesbian Latina comedian Marga Gomez, whose stand-up repertoire often includes names and labels that are not necessarily PG13. She’s one that would call a spade a spade. We can’t confirm this, but she probably had called out Hooters Restaurant at some point in one of her gigs. She said she would never step inside the restaurant unless it changes its name, and has asked all her friends to do the same.
So why all the fuss about the restaurant name Bandidos? Does San Francisco have lesser tolerance for criminals and outlaws? If the protesters lived in Las Vegas, Wisconsin or any other city or state where bars and eateries are named after shady characters, would they be protesting in similar fashion? Is there some sort of gender or sexual orientation twist to their protest?
Well, in an investigation conducted by The Adobo Chronicles, the real reason for the protest was because some language and grammar freaks discovered a glaring error in the new restaurant’s drinks (bebidas) menu. Their margarita drink is named “Bandido Margarita.” In Spanish, adjectives and nouns must agree, gender-wise. So the correct name should have been “Bandida Margarita.”
By the way, our favorite Bandidos drink is Juan In A Million. (See drinks menu below). Now that’s grammatically correct because bandido and Juan are both male.