May 5, 2014, - 5:46 pm

Man Goes to Court to Name Bar What?!

By Debbie Schlussel

I have two thoughts on this guy, Lawrence Blatterfein, who went to court over his First Amendment right to name his bar, “Buck Foston” and won a $1.5 million judgment:

1) Our soldiers died for this?!

2) I wonder if he tried to name his bar, “Uck Fislam” (or “Uck Fobama”), would the First Amendment still prevail in court?


A New Brunswick club owner hit a homerun Wednesday when a federal jury ruled against the city of New Brunswick in his suit over the naming of a new sports bar and awarded him more than $1.5 million. Lawrence Blatterfein, a dedicated Yankees fan who owns other clubs in New Brunswick, wanted to open a sports bar in New Brunswick in 2011 and name it Buck Foston’s Road House, which is a twist on the sports rivalry between the Yankee’s and the Boston Red Sox.

But New Brunswick officials opposed granting Blatterfein a liquor license for the new sports bar, which would have been at Routes 1 and 18 in the former Benningan’s Restaurant. “This has been a long, grueling and expensive process to have my day in court and tell my story, but I remained confident that one day a jury, presented with the same evidence I saw, would agree that my rights were unconstitutionally infringed” Blatterfein said.

Blatterfein blamed Mayor James Cahill, an avowed Boston Red Sox fan, who he said orchestrated the liquor license rejection by the city council because he believed the name was “vulgar,” and “didn’t belong in New Brunswick.”

A jury really took TWO WHOLE DAYS to deliberate this? Really?

The seven-person jury deliberated two days after a six-day trial in Trenton before U.S. District Judge Freda Wolfson before reaching its verdict, according to Blatterfein’s attorney, Brett Joshpe of New York.

Your thoughts? Also, your ideas for a sports bar name? (My favorite name for a bar–any kind of bar–is “Beer Goggles Vision Institute.”)

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18 Responses

Larry, ” your story” is that youre a pathetic loser New Yooorkaah..hmm, you couldve used that license to drown your miserable sorrows sooner… how’s Arod working out for you?…try converting, its not too late, I’ve got extra RedSox hats. Debbie. ” Beer Goggles Vision Institute” ? Whats up with that ? I dont get it.

HK on May 5, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Women and men are more attractive when you are looking at them through the bottom of a drained beer glass. Capisce?

    I disagree with the award, but I thought the Name of the Bar hilarious. Boston is responsible for many, many social ills—like the faculty at Kennedy School of Government, for example.

    Occam's Tool on May 6, 2014 at 10:14 pm

I really don’t care.

If you want to waste your time – watch Mexican telenovelas. They’re a good deal more entertaining than a legal food fight over the stupid name of a bar.

Another reason why dumb people who take two full days to deliberate over a frivolous lawsuit are the curse of a dying country. That and our obsession with sex takes up our lives.

G-d help America.

NormanF on May 5, 2014 at 10:21 pm

If I ever open a bar, I’m going to call it “Up Uranus.” Of course, it will have an interplanetary ambiance. 😉

Ralph Adamo on May 6, 2014 at 2:11 am

Note it’s only the BOSTON fans who’ve commented so far.

Meira on May 6, 2014 at 3:59 am

“Lawrence Blatterfein.” What a wonderful name. Sounds like an “Alias” used by W.C. Fields.

Victoryman on May 6, 2014 at 8:49 am

I find the name, Hooters,” just as or more offensive; has a New Brunswick official attempted to bar Hooters from obtaining a permit?

Dmk on May 6, 2014 at 10:02 am

This is why the YANKEES RULE!

Meira on May 6, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Meira, Meira, Meira…umm, just last year, October 2013, “Red Sox win, Red Sox win, THAAAAAAAA RED SOX WIN “

    HK on May 6, 2014 at 11:52 am

      OK, HK, once every 10 years or so it happens. Even a broken clock is right twice a day. heheheheh

      Meira on May 6, 2014 at 3:15 pm

        this is true..

        HK on May 6, 2014 at 4:18 pm

I don’t have a problem with the man winning the right to name is property what he wants. I do have a problem with the huge cash award.

john on May 6, 2014 at 11:02 am

Beer Goggles Vision Institute – lol

Frankz on May 6, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    I agree Frankz…that was the best line in the whole thing

    Sean on May 6, 2014 at 3:37 pm

Ah, New Brunswick, NJ– yet another bastion of the liberal left ignorati, an illegal alien “sanctuary” city…where Rutgers geniuses got Condoleez Rice to cancel speaking… not that I object so much to Rice not speaking, but the idea of the leftards … ech…

unPC on May 6, 2014 at 1:23 pm

“2) I wonder if he tried to name his bar, “Uck Fislam” (or “Uck Fobama”), would the First Amendment still prevail in court?”


DS_ROCKS! on May 6, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Uck Fobama….I like it. Isn’t that the name of a website that doesn’t work?

    john on May 6, 2014 at 4:46 pm

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