Yesterday, world famous chef  and restaurant owner Wolfgang Puck filed a trademark infringement and unfair competition suit in Los Angeles Superior Court against the owners and operators of Wolfgang’s Steakhouse By Wolfgang Zweiner.

The dueling Wolfgang’s seem to have a bit of a checkered relationship. And up until 2005 they apparently had a business relationship involving a restaurant in Japan.

In the suit Puck claims that Zwiener has violated a March 2007 agreement that he would “eliminate confusion” if he opened a restaurant outside Manhattan. Zwiener has two New York locations, one on Park Avenue and one on Greenwich Street in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood.

The suit contends that Zweiner had agreed that his name would be prominently displayed on the restaurant sign. The new restaurant, Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener, will confuse diners because the chef’s name isn’t displayed as prominently as “Wolfgang’s Steakhouse”.

To make matters worse Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is mere blocks away from two of Pucks establishments in swanky Bell Air.

It seems a shame that this should go to court. I think it would be far more fitting to resolve the issue on the Food Channels Kitchen Stadium! Winner takes all 🙂

Simon Barrett

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