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Rainbow cake causing praise, complaints, at Bristol County eatery for second year in a row



Who knew that a vanilla flavored cake could cause such strong opinions.

The Old Grist Mill Tavern at 390 Fall River Avenue in Seekonk took to social media on June 1st to announce the return of a rainbow pride cake to celebrate love the entire month of June for the second year in a row. The restaurant says that they aren’t making a political statement, however, it hasn’t stopped the limited-time menu item from causing a divide once again.

The cake, which also contains vanilla cream frosting and pearled vanilla candy whipped cream, has led to nearly 400 comments and almost 50 shares on the 2024 cake post.

Opinions previously expressed were along the lines of threats to never eat at the restaurant again, to assertions that the restaurant will go broke for being “woke” referencing how businesses such as Target and Anheuser Busch have seen backlash for campaigns in support of “pride”.

Compared to last year, the comments appear to be more positive.

Despite many negative comments last year, the menu item caused the restaurant to be full of new customers ordering the cake in support of the move. Some of the new patrons traveling an hour or more to give the Tavern their business. Again, this year, people have expressed their support willing to travel a good distance just because the item was on the menu.

While the cake has caused detractors, it appears the dessert is far more lucrative than the small amount of business the eatery may lose. Not that the tavern has expressed that they have any motive other than supporting pride month.

The Old Grist Mill Tavern is open from Sunday to Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Friday/Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.



  1. Paul Cordeiro

    June 8, 2024 at 8:15 pm

    oh yes, to some corrupt, hypocritical cretins eating a piece of cake can make you bay. Damn homophobes. i hope you never need first redoonder care from a gay person!

    • Jennifer Souza

      June 9, 2024 at 11:07 am

      My daughter is a paramedic, and I’m so damn proud of her, she was born this way. She provides care to those that hate her bc she was born male, has saved the lives of many that don’t think she has the right to live. Her fire dept buddies have her back 100% ty for your comment, as a mama, it instantly made me think of my daughter

  2. Travis Bickle

    June 8, 2024 at 10:31 pm

    When you wave a flag that has red blue green and yellow stripes and think youre representing police fire army and truckers; 1000 keks

  3. Gary Dunn

    June 8, 2024 at 11:27 pm

    I used to go there all the time not going anymore just left there last week

    • Buffy Medeiros

      June 9, 2024 at 12:26 pm

      No one cares someone will gladly replace you that is kind so you not eating here anymore isn’t gonna hurt anyone your ignorance isn’t wanted anyway …

      • MortisMaximus

        June 9, 2024 at 5:18 pm

        You’re Grammer is atrocious.

      • MortisMaximus

        June 9, 2024 at 5:19 pm


      • MortisMaximus

        June 9, 2024 at 5:20 pm


    • Jake Perry

      June 9, 2024 at 7:54 pm

      Lie much?

  4. Margaret

    June 9, 2024 at 12:19 am

    And the Israelis think they have problems! Grow up and come into the 21st century .It’s cake!

  5. Kerry Ann Callahan

    June 9, 2024 at 3:05 am

    I would be more concerned with the multiple food dyes, regardless of what you believe, the rainbow is beautiful and can mean many things!!! #Nogayhate #GAG #MAGA #GaysforTrump

  6. Johnson’s Johnson

    June 9, 2024 at 7:13 am

    Is the cake any good? Is the fear that consuming the cake will turn you gay? What’s the issue? Can you just NOT order the cake or is it forced upon consumers?

  7. Ben meova

    June 9, 2024 at 7:40 am

    Where’s my straight cake

    • Gary

      June 9, 2024 at 9:35 am

      Hopefully they may do an American Flag Cake for July 4th? Doubtful?
      Beacon Hill wonders why so many ‘Great Americans’ are LEAVING Massghanistan?

      ‘Massghanistan., California East’.
      What happens when the Marxist and Socialist run out of other people’s money in Massghanistan?
      Their goes another U-Haul and a Great Family leaving Massghanistan, Legions to follow?

      • Joy Mitchell

        June 9, 2024 at 11:41 am

        Your “straight cake” is everywhere else. How sad you have such a closed and threatened mind that a cake upsets you.

      • Ken Paiva

        June 9, 2024 at 12:48 pm

        They mentioned they are doing a cake for the Fourth of July.

    • Sheldon Boone

      June 9, 2024 at 10:49 am

      Lol, right?

  8. Patty Cakes

    June 9, 2024 at 8:59 am

    To all the haters, show us on the doll where the cake hurt you. Good move on the restaurant’s part. They’ll have all the right customers as a result.
    And they call us the snowflakes. 🤣

  9. Liz Adams

    June 9, 2024 at 9:12 am

    A Rainbow is beautiful in any form any time of the year.
    If you don’t want it don’t order it. No one is forcing you to.
    If your house is on fire or you have a medical emergency are you stopping and asking if the person responding is gay before you let them help you or save your home from burning down? Somehow I don’t think so.
    Live and let live. If it’s not your choice that’s fine but don’t choose for so
    someone else the right to choose who they can or can’t love.❤️

  10. NoOne

    June 9, 2024 at 9:22 am

    The article below this is of a 2 year old that drowned. And there are people out here griping about a rainbow cake! If a piece of cake bothers you, you really need to reevaluate your life.

  11. Take it easy

    June 9, 2024 at 2:23 pm

    It’s CAKE people!

  12. Frank Tropea

    June 10, 2024 at 1:27 pm

    I think their making a rainbow cake is wonderful
    and brave. I haven’t had it, but I am sure it:s
    quite delicious! To all the gay-haters out
    there, I say, ” Let them eat cake!. “

  13. Frank Tropea

    June 10, 2024 at 1:33 pm

    Yes, let them all eat the cake!
    In my youth I was abused horribly by various
    Homophobes! Thank God it seems to be changing,
    at least here in MA.
    And to all the crazy homophobes still out
    there, let them eat cake and a few other things,
    too, a few more unmentionables,too!

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