Pablo Escobar-themed burger pop-up apologises after backlash

A Melbourne pop-up restaurant has been forced to defend itself after attracting backlash for its controversial new burger.

Pablo's Escoburgers, named after notorious Colombian drug lord, Pablo Escobar, came under fire for a Facebook photo of their 'Patron Burger' - topped with a line of white powder (garlic flour) and a rolled-up, fake $100 note.

"The infamous patron burger that people are lining up for," they captioned the photo.

Pablo Escobar-themed burger pop-up apologises after backlash
Photo credit: Pablo's Escoburgers/Facebook.

The photo and page attracted a slew of angry comments, forcing the owners to post on their Facebook page they were "not here to offend".

"We are very proud of our burgers but we do also understand that Pablo Escobar was a horrible man who destroyed the lives of thousands of Colombians," they wrote.

"We do not condone, idolise or promote Pablo Emilio Escobar or his actions in anyway... Take the high road people, put it to rest and learn to forgive and forget!

Pablo Escobar-themed burger pop-up apologises after backlash
Photo credit: Pablo's Escoburgers/Facebook.

Many refused to take the advice, with the page still attracting some heat.

"You're idiots! To say this is in REALLY poor taste is an understatement! Wouldn't walk through your doors no matter how good your bloody burgers are. Pathetic!!" one commenter wrote.

"I was going to put up a photo of the maimed and killed in the carbombing of 1993 which nearly killed my mother. That is enough to kill anyone's appetite," wrote another

"Closer to home, how about a Bali bombing burger - you think that will make everyone happy?"

Defending himself to a local radio station, co-owner Vaughan Marks said they thought it "would just be a bit of a laugh" - but it's clear not everyone saw the funny side.

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