(CHICAGO, IL) According to Fox News, a Chicago restaurant has incorporated another burger to their menu that has caused quite a bit of controversy; The “Ghost” Burger, said to honor the Swedish metal band of the same name has taken Kuma’s Corner through quite a debate due to the way the burger is dressed. The burger reflecting the band member’s attire, religious robes and skeleton face makeup.
The burger, a 10 ounce beef patty topped with braised goat shoulder, aged white cheddar, and ghost chili aioli, is garnished with an unconsecrated communion wafer and a red wine reduction sauce.
The burger, a 10 ounce beef patty topped with braised goat shoulder, aged white cheddar, and ghost chili aioli, is garnished with an unconsecrated communion wafer and a red wine reduction sauce.. Photo credit: www.KumasCorner.com.
According to ABC News Blogs, The Rev. Emily Mellott, rector of nearby Calvary Episcopal Church in Lombard, Ill., believes the burger crosses the line.
“The root of this burger is a mockery of one of the most important symbols of the Christian faith,” Mellot said. “If the owner of the restaurant were a member of my congregation, I’d tell him to withdraw the burger immediately.”
Luke Tobias, director of operations at Kuma’s Corner, said the restaurant never wanted to offend anyone. He said reaction has been a “mixed bag” but more positive than negative.
“There are people who are offended by it, but we’re delighted to see that generally people seem to have a sense of humor,” Tobias said.
“We’ve sold a couple hundred so far and started it four days ago. We’re not taking it off the menu,” Tobias said. “We’re in the business of selling hamburgers. We’re not trying to upset anybody, but we also support what this band does and think they’re good. It made sense to do something honoring them.”
Ghost band member identities remain unknown as they have never been been public. Image credit: Loma Vista Recordings.
Available through the end of October, Kuma’s will continue to sell the controversial burger at $17.00. Longtime customer Alex Monron, a Catholic and regular at Kuma’s stated the burger was no big deal. “It’s just a hamburger, its no big deal. It’s food, and that’s it. I mean, it’s supposed to be the body of Christ, but you can find Christ everywhere.”
On October 4th, the blog portion of the website began a lengthy post which reads: Kuma’s Corner is aware that in some cases, people have unfortunately found reason to find offense at our recent special menu addition the Ghost. We make hamburgers for a living. We are a small nine table restaurant in the Avondale neighborhood of Chicago. And we love heavy metal. There is a band doing music that we enjoy particularly called Ghost. They are from Sweden. As with all of our burgers, the Ghost was created to pay homage to the music they’ve created. We work very hard on coming up with creative combinations for our food just as a band would work very hard to be creative with their music and we think it shows in their regard so we found it appropriate that with them being on tour this month, and this month being October, we honor them in this way.
The post mentions that the restaurant will be using proceeds to make a donation to the Catholic Charities of the Chicago Archdiocese.
The band Ghost, that the now infamous hamburger pays tribute to, performs live in concert at Hellfest.
The band Ghost (known as Ghost B.C. in the United States) is a Swedish heavy metal band, formed in Linköping in 2008.
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