ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A downtown bar catering to police officers has changed the name of a menu item after some officers complained it was insensitive.

Workers are still putting finishing touches on The Precinct before it opens later this week at Locust and 19th Street. Now co-owner Mark Winfield is making a change to the menu after he had planned to call a fiery hot chicken wings contest the “Officer Down Challenge.”

“We discussed it with several officers and they thought it was a clever, unique, fun idea,” Winfield said, “although when it was printed in one of the publications here in town some of the officers felt that it was a little offensive because that’s the term that they use when there’s an officer that has been injured.”

The challenge, now called the “Hot Pursuit,” requires participants to eat a pound of hot wings and drink two draft beers in eight minutes. Successful customers receive a free t-shirt and their mug shot is hung on the bar’s wall.

The Precinct Bar opens Thursday just a block behind the future home of St. Louis Police Headquarters.

“It’s the safest bar in town, that’s our logo,” Winfield added.


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