Saffron Colonial, Portland's controversial "British-colonial themed" restaurant, has officially changed its name.

In an email to Eater, the owner of the restaurant formerly known as Saffron Colonial, Sally Krantz, wrote: "While it would have been nice to keep my branding and have an accurate descriptor of the cuisine, I recognize that this is taking the focus off of what I want to do with food."

Krantz will now call the restaurant BORC, which she writes "is an acronym for British Overseas Restaurant Corporation and a tongue-in-cheek reference to the precursor to British Airways: BOAC, on which many Expatriates traveled."

Krantz told Eater that she's "sincerely hoping that this name change will allow us to focus on serving great food in a warm and positive environment."

Since the opening of the former Saffron Colonial, the restaurant has been the site of protests. Suppliers Steven Smith Teamaker, Ex Novo Brewing and Ristretto Roasters all stopped selling their goods to business.

Protest organizers did not immediately respond to requests for comment about the name change.

Here is the entirety of Krantz's statement published on Eater:

While it would have been nice to keep my branding and have an accurate descriptor of the cuisine, I recognize that this is taking the focus off of what I want to do with food. My mission in opening this restaurant is to celebrate the wonderful multi-cultural aspects of food in a beautiful and multi-cultural part of Portland: my hometown, and a city that I love.

Highlighting historical recipes and the development of dishes through the light of different countries and their relationships with England was a personal journey for me, after living in Asia and being immersed in a large population of English Expats for 20 years. As I have said, I love history and historic recipes, how food has developed and changed over time, and have developed many of these recipes in conjunction with the people I worked with from all over Asia and England to get them exactly right.

So I’m hoping the new name, BORC, is a fun name to represent this concept. It is an acronym for British Overseas Restaurant Corporation and a tongue-in-cheek reference to the precursor to British Airways: BOAC, on which many Expatriates traveled. I’m sincerely hoping that this name change will allow us to focus on serving great food in a warm and positive environment.