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What's In A Name?

When I was a kid, Sloppy Joes meant a very sloppy type of meat and sauce-dripping sandwich. It means an awful lot more to two bars in Key West.

To Sloppy Joe's bar, it means that Hemingway used to drink there. He apparently did a lot of that.

To Captain Tony's bar it also means that Hemingway drank there.

Presumably, the tourists are attracted by where Hemingway drank. When I go to Key West, it's Margaritaville. Of course that also works for me in New Orleans and several other towns, but that's another story.

Apparently, there's a bar brawl between Sloppy Joe's and Captain Tony's over the use of the "Sloppy Joe's" name. See, Sloppy Joe was a friend of Hemingway's, and he ran the bar where Hemingway drank. Now, there's a federal case pending over who gets to use the name.

Sloppy Joe's has dropped the gauntlet in the lawsuit, claiming that "Captain Tony's products are not of Sloppy Joe's quality, and the condition of its premises does not meet Sloppy Joe's standards. As a result, Captain Tony's has sullied Sloppy Joe's distinctive style and decor," the suit said.

Captain Tony is out of town and had no immediate comment.

The rest of the story? Monroe County historian Tom Hambright said, when asked which bar Hemingway drank at: "Both, as far as I can determine."

Now there's a surprise.

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