Fort Worth restaurant owners don’t get confused by the virus’s backlash over the “emotional” reason for the bar name

The Fort Worth bar has recently become a hot topic after customers mocked its name on social media.

Restaurateur Brent Johnson, who owns bar9eleven, said Rio Mambo Locations near I-20 and Chisholm Trail Parkway in southwestern Fort Worth Negative attention..

It appears in a series of images in the bar after a recent Missouri patron ridiculed his name and tribute to Johnson’s 9/11 attack on Twitter. New York post And Texas Monthly Posted article.. The original post has about 20,000 likes and over 2,000 retweets. Most of the comments ridiculed the name, which led to some fake online reviews by people who had never been to a bar or restaurant.

“Honestly, I’m not a Twitter tycoon, but I’ve read a few articles,” said Johnson, 62.

Johnson changed his name after remodeling in 2013 as a way to preserve his tragic memories. The bar and restaurant opened on September 11, 2001. He speaks in several paragraphs on the wall of the bar.

At the time, Facebook was chatting over the name for a week, Johnson said, but nothing affected the business. “That’s an old story. Anyone who knows me knows that it has nothing to do with contempt or neglect,” he said.

In fact, it’s the exact opposite for Johnson. And this latest virus moment is a good example.

“I assure you that no one was thinking about 9/11 a week ago,” he said. “We forget things. But this is the most tragic thing that has happened in my life. I wondered what it would take to survive. Some people have been working for 25 years.”

For Johnson, “never forgetting” the resilience of the people of New York is an inspiration. He visited the Ground Zero Memorial site.

“The American spirit to overcome it, that’s all,” he said. “It has become emotional to me. It’s part of our history.”

Johnson points out that 9/11 is never used to market the bar. For Johnson, bars, restaurants, and 9/11 events are intertwined forever. It’s a very personal thing, not a marketing gimmick, he said. He isn’t bothered by people who have problems with their names.

“It has something to do with memory,” he said. “I respect their opinion. If I passed by and didn’t see and understand it in a vacuum, I would do exactly what the gentleman did. I stopped and what it was You will see if there is. “