Red Deer serve up charity burger in response to ‘Weinstein’ burgerPosted by: Ashley Birch
Their one-off burger is named after the founder of the #metoo movement
The Red Deer pub in Sheffield city-centre has been selling a very special burger since the weekend, in an attempt to put a positive spin on the ‘depressing’ news that Randy’s Hardcore Hamburgers planned to name a burger after an alleged rapist.
The Tarana burger, which is still on the pub’s specials board, is raising money for SRASAC, Sheffield's rape and sexual assault helpline and is named after the #metoo movement’s founder Tarana Burke.
The Pitt Street pub’s plan to sell a burger celebrating a feminist icon is a direct response to a new city-centre burger chain’s decision to reveal a menu that included a ‘Weinstein’ burger, among other questionable burger names.
Alex Riches-Barber, The Red Deer’s assistant manager, told VIBE: “We saw the menu at Randy’s and were saying how disappointing and depressing it was that so many people would have signed off on the idea. So the landlord Jacob Nickles and the general manager Graham Reid decided our response would be to do a feminist icon burger, to try and turn a negative into a positive.
“There’s obviously lots of choices for feminist icons, but when I came across the founder of the #metoo movement Tarana Burke, who has been slightly overlooked, it seemed the right name to use for our burger, given what she represents.
“We put it on the specials on Saturday and we’ve had a wonderful response. It’s great to see. This is what Sheffield is really about.”
The burger is a meat patty, but there are plans in the offing for a vegan version this weekend. If you want to get involved and show your support before then, or you just want to help raise money for a good cause, there is a donate button on the Red Deer’s original Facebook post.
Randy’s caused outrage amongst many Sheffield residents last week, and the chain has since apologised for what they called ‘bad taste’, but many feel was an unnecessary normalisation of sexual assault. Protests were also held outside the restaurant yesterday afternoon.
The Tarana burger will set you back £12, and is available while stocks last. 50 per cent of the proceeds will be donated to SRASAC, Sheffield's rape and sexual assault helpline.
SRASAC’s confidential helpline number is 0808 802 0013.