An unauthorized “Stranger Things” pop-up bar in Chicago’s Logan Square has drawn crowds since it opened last month, but Netflix is now asking the bar to shut down after its designated six-week run.
The company’s request to the pop-up bar’s creators came in the form of a cease-and-desist letter filled with “Stranger Things” puns, including a light-hearted threat to unleash the Demogorgon, the show’s supernatural villain, if they don’t comply:
“Danny and Doug,
My walkie talkie is busted so I had to write this note instead. I heard you launched a Stranger Things pop-up bar at your Logan Square location. Look, I don’t want you to think I’m a total wastoid, and I love how much you guys love the show. (Just wait until you see Season 2!) But unless I’m living in the Upside Down, I don’t think we did a deal with you for this pop-up. You’re obviously creative types, so I’m sure you can appreciate that it’s important to us to have a say in how our fans encounter the worlds we build.
We’re not going to go full Dr. Brenner on you, but we ask that you please (1) not extend the pop-up beyond its 6 week run ending in September, and (2) reach out to us for permission if you plan to do something like this again. Let me know as soon as possible that you agree to these requests.
We love our fans more than anything, but you should know the Demogorgon is not always as forgiving. So please don’t make us call your mom.”
Jared Saul, the manager of the Emporium Arcade bar where the pop-up is taking place, took the letter in stride. He told DNA Info via email, “It’s been so much fun for us & for fans of Stranger Things & has even introduced the show to new fans here in Chicago who weren’t aware of the show before visiting the pop-up.”
Check out pictures of the bar below:
The second season of Netflix’s “Stranger Things” premieres on October 27.