The restaurant removes “poutine” from the menu because it looks like Poutine

A Canadian restaurant is temporarily renaming its signature dish in a symbolic gesture. (Photo: Getty Images)

(NEXSTAR) — A Canadian restaurant that claims to have invented the poutine dish is now calling it something quite different.

Le Roy Jucep, located in the French-speaking province of Quebec, has announced that it will temporarily rename the dish to “la frite sauce au fromage”, which translates to a literal description of the dish: la frite, le fromage, la sauce.

The name change is an “expression of dismay” at Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to a now-deleted Facebook post, Eater reports. The logic behind this decision is more obvious for French speakers: the name of Russian President Vladimir Putin is written “Putin” in French.

“I wanted to do this small gesture to show Ukrainians that we are thinking of them,” restaurant co-owner Laurent Proulx told The New York Times.

On Monday morning, Roy Jucep’s Facebook page showed some of the updated branding, but his website menu still described the dish as “poutine.”

In the United States, some retailers and restaurants have also taken steps to distance themselves from Russia. Kroger, the national grocery chain, pulled Russian vodka from its shelves last week in solidarity with Ukraine. Total Wine & More has also removed all Russian spirits from its stores.

Now some states — including Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Vermont, West Virginia and Maine — are working to purge liquor outlets of Russian vodka and other products.

Some states, like Pennsylvania, have also taken steps to divest themselves of any ties to Russia.

“We must exercise our economic power to ensure that Russia faces serious consequences for its flagrant violations of international law and human cooperation,” wrote State Sen. Sharif Street, D-Philadelphia.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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