'Mohawk Tavern' Changes Name After Complaints From Native Americans

By Ben Fractenberg on May 5, 2014 7:52pm 

 The Mohawk Tavern on Prospect Avenue in Windsor Terrace is changing its name after some community members expressed their concern about it being offensive to Native Americans, an owner said. 
The Mohawk Tavern on Prospect Avenue in Windsor Terrace is changing its name after some community members expressed their concern about it being offensive to Native Americans, an owner said. 
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BROOKLYN — A newly opened Windsor Terrace bar is already changing its name after some locals expressed concerns about it being called Mohawk Tavern, one of the owners told DNAinfo New York on Monday. 

The bar at Prospect Avenue and Reeve Place, which opened last Tuesday, was named after the Mohawk River near Albany where two of the owners grew up.

“There was some chatter on the blogs and some members of the Mohawk Nation who lived in the neighborhood were unhappy,” owner Brandon Lenihan said.

The bar remains open and they are hoping to have a new name “in a day or two.”

Regardless of what they end up calling it, the bar will focus on serving beers from New York state breweries and local wine, Lenihan added.

“I am really glad they dropped the name! My uncle was Mohawk — it is 2014, why are we using the name of another culture for a business? I am really relieved to hear about this change and I will be one of the first people to line up for a drink. Glad they did the right thing!” wrote a commenter on local blog Kensington BK, which first reported the name change.

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