WICHITA — Feelings of 1970s peace and love are part of what inspired Kirk David to reopen Squeezer’s Palace, but less-than-happy feelings on the part of the former Squeezer’s owner are causing David to change the name.
“When I first thought of this, for me it was a distant memory,” David says of reopening the Riverside “goody shack.”
“I even wondered if anybody would remember it.”
He checked and found there were no claims to the name. David then intended to try to contact the original Squeezer’s owner, but Have You Heard? called first and publicized the story.
Squeezer’s Palace founder Edgar “Buddy” Curry isn’t pleased.
“It seems wrong,” says Curry, an investor still living in Wichita. “It’s going to be disappointing for people who expect it to be Squeezer’s Palace because it probably isn’t going to be.”
Curry was inspired to open the business in 1971 after travels to Mexico where there were lots of fresh-squeezed fruit juices. He ran it until 1976 and at one point had a Lawrence location, too.
Even when Squeezer’s was open, Curry says people wanted to have similar businesses or copy his name and idea.
“It always flattered me when people wanted to do what I was doing,” he says.
That doesn’t mean he wants to see someone use the name, however.
“It’s not his name. It just isn’t right.”
So David, who tried calling Curry but hasn’t heard back, won’t use the name.
He’s only just learned of Curry’s disapproval and hasn’t had time to think of a new name.
“This comes as news, and I’m very disappointed,” David says.
He didn’t hesitate to say he’ll change the name, though.
“It’s not supposed to upset anybody,” David says. “The idea is it’s supposed to be a happy thing.”