(NEXSTAR) – A Canadian restaurant that claims to have invented cooking now calls it something else.
Le Roy Joseplocated in the French-speaking province of Quebec, announced that it will temporarily rename the dish “la frite fromage sauce”, which means a literal description of the dish: fried, cheese, sauce.
The name change is an “expression of alarm” over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to a remote Facebook post. Eater reports. The logic of this step is more obvious to French-speakers: the name of Russian President Vladimir Putin is spelled “Putin” in French.
“I wanted to make this little gesture to show Ukrainians what we think of them,” said restaurant co-owner Laurent Prue. New York Times.
As of Monday morning, Le Roy Jucep’s Facebook page showed some updated brands, but in the menu of his website the dish was still described as “Putin”.
In the United States, some retailers and restaurants have also taken steps to distance themselves from Russia. Kroger, the national food chain, removed Russian vodka off the shelves last week in solidarity with Ukraine. Total Wine & More has also pulled out of its stores any Russian spirits.
Some states, such as Pennsylvania, have also taken steps to deprive Russia of all possessions.
“We must use our economic power to ensure that Russia faces severe consequences for gross violations of international law and cooperation between people,” wrote Senator Sharif Street, Philadelphia.
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