Amidst “Ghost Burger” controversy, Kuma’s makes $1,500 donation to Catholic charity



A photo of the Ghost burger we snapped today at Kuma’s.

Kuma’s Corner is making a $1,500 donation to the Catholic Charities of the Chicago Archdiocese amidst controversy surrounding the heavy metal burger establishment’s unconsecrated communion wafer-garnished Ghost burger.

Kuma’s says the intent was not to make fun of the Catholic Church, but as a tribute this month to the Swedish metal band Ghost. All of Kuma’s burgers are named after heavy metal bands.

“As with all of our burgers,” Kuma’s management wrote in an official statement. “The Ghost was created to pay homage to the music they’ve created. We work very hard on coming up with creative combinations for our food just as a band would work very hard to be creative with their music and we think it shows in their regard so we found it appropriate that with them being on tour this month, and this month being October, we honor them in this way.”

Kuma’s says it won’t pull the burger, but instead, has made a donation to a local Catholic charity.

“In standing with our policy of supporting charity and Chicago at large, we have made a $1500 dollar donation to the Catholic Charities of the Chicago Archdiocese as we understand that they share our mentality of serving anyone in need from any walk of life.”

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  1. Kat

    October 5, 2013 at 1:20 am

    As much as I strongly believe in or first amendment, this was an obvious attempt at shock value. Oh well, Kuma’s gets the publicity and a local church gets $1,500. Everyone wins I suppose.

  2. Lalalalala

    October 5, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Just because someone has the right to free speech doesn’t mean they should always say or do any stupid thing they want to – hence things like laws against instigating a riot, or shouting “fire” in a crowded theater. They obviously are thriving on the free advertising from the “controversy”. They claim they didn’t want to offend anyone, but clearly they did, and they don’t care – it’s just more free advertising. It’s great they donated to a charity, but if they truly didn’t intend to offiend, then they should pull the burger off the menu. Otherwise their claims mean nothing and the donation is just an attempt to shut people up.

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