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HopCat scraps 'Crack Fries' for 'Cosmik Fries'

The fries are outta this world... and inspired by a classic Frank Zappa song.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — HopCat has announced it new name for their fan-favorite fries.

What was once known as "Crack Fries" will be called "Cosmik Fries" from now on, according to HopCat's website.

The Grand Rapids-based bar and restaurant chain made the original name change announcement back in December, stating a desire to be a more "inclusive" company. Mark Gray, CEO of BarFly Ventures, HopCat's parent company said the name was original intended to be a "tongue-in-cheek" joke, but that "drug addiction is no joke."

According to a release, the name "Cosmik" comes from founder Mark Sellers' love of Frank Zappa. One of Zappa's classic songs "Cosmik Debris." #groovy

Menus, signs and posters have been redesigned to match the new name, but the more than 11-year-old recipe for the beer-battered fries with a salt, pepper and secret blend of seasonings has remained intact. Food Network named the them one of "America's 10 Best French Fries." 

To celebrate their 11th anniversary on Saturday, Jan. 19 -- the downtown Grand Rapids location will be giving away free Cosmik Fries from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., as well as hosting a Cosmik Fries Eating Contest. To sign up, email Justin Steikar at juice@barflyventures.com.

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