Friday, May 18, 2012

What's in a name?

Bastards Restaurant

How things have changed! It's been a while since I've walked around downtown Downey on a Friday night. The last time I looked for night life in Downey, I found it only at the local In-N-Out. (See Night life.) But tonight is different. There are so many new shops and restaurants downtown.

Bastards RestaurantThe latest is Bastards, a new restaurant opened this week by former Marine Cpl. Nick Velez. He chose the restaurant's name in honor of his former battalion, the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, nicknamed the "Magnificent Bastards."

The name has caused a bit of controversy among Downey residents. I asked Nick, who served in Iraq in 2006-07, if the flak had died down yet. He said not yet, but that he hoped everyone would understand his desire to honor his former unit and those who served in it.

Bastards Restaurant

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