HopCat’s Crack Fries Have Been Renamed
When Grand Rapids-based HopCat announced they were changing the name of their beer battered, seasoned "Crack Fries", we asked you for some suggestions on what they should be called...
Here are some of your suggestions:
- "People are Douchebags and Ruin Everything" Fries
- Meth Fries
- Black Tar Heroin Fries
- Baby It's Cold Outside Fries
- Snowflake Fries
- Dope Fries
- Obesity Fries
- Better Than Sex Fries
Well, HopCat went with none of those.
They have announced that the new name of their fries, at all 17 HopCat locations will be...
What do you think of the new name?
According to Fox 17, the name comes from founder Mark Sellers’ love of the music of Frank Zappa. In the song Cosmik Debris, he sings about “oil of Aphrodite” and the “dust of the great wazoo.”
The recipe for the fries will remain the same.
In December, HopCat announced the change was coming, saying, "drug addiction is not a joke."
In a statement, CEO Mark Gray explained,
We chose the name more than 11 years ago as a reference to the addictive quality of the fries and their cracked pepper seasoning, without consideration for those the drug negatively affected. We were wrong.
The crack epidemic and the lasting impact on those it affects is not funny and never was.
As we grow as a company we have come to realize that to make light of this drug and of addiction contradicts our values of inclusion and community. We want to thank our guests, employees and community members who have helped us come to this realization and apologize for the pain the name brought to others.
Transitioning to a new name will not happen overnight. A companywide menu reprint in mid-January will reflect the change. We will also need time to update all other materials, including online menus, training documents and promotions.
We are grateful for the support we’ve received over the years and your love of our fries. While we know it will take time to get used to this change, we are confident in our decision. It is not only the right thing to do, it reflects who we are."