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T-Mobile ad wrongly suggests it's taken over famous Stillwater malt shop

The owners were not best pleased.
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If you have seen a recent commercial from T-Mobile, you could be forgiven for thinking famous Leo's Grill and Malt Shop in Stillwater had shut down.

The cellphone giant's recent Project 10 Million commercial, touting its free internet access for schools and mobile hot spots for 10 million homes, featured a clip of a Sprint store quickly changing to a T-Mobile store (the two companies recently merged) at the 46-second mark.

The clip was of downtown Stillwater, and the location of the supposed T-Mobile store is actually the home of Leo's, whose owners were none to impressed to see their business has apparently been annexed by a global communications corporation.

"No Absolutely Not! Leo’s is here for good," owner Cory Buettner wrote on the shop's Facebook page. "We are not going to be a T-Mobile store. Naashom (his wife) and I are fortunate to own this beautiful building and we love our business.

"This is a screen shot of a TV commercial and is false. Leo’s is standing strong and planning a 2021 Patio renovation."

Despite the pandemic, Leo's is still going strong, offering curbside service and a walk-up window all year round.

It's also got a heated patio, with plans underway to spruce it up next year.

Rather than take legal action against T-Mobile, Buettner told the Pioneer Press he's instead going to ask the firm to sponsor this year's winter celebrations in Stillwater.

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