Illegal Petes Tucson

A rendering of Illegal Pete's Tucson location

Illegal Pete’s faces petition, boycott calling for name change

Arizona student groups say use of "illegal" is demeaning

As the fast-casual Illegal Pete’s chain prepares for its first opening in Tucson, Ariz., next month, students are circulating a petition arguing that the name is racist and asking the restaurant concept to change it.

It’s not the first time the Denver-based brand has faced criticism for its name, which protesters say is a demeaning reference to Mexicans. Students staged a similar protest last year when the concept opened in Fort Collins, Colo., near Colorado State University.

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