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Steakhouse chain may sue York restaurant The Lazy Cow
A STEAKHOUSE chain is threatening to take legal action against a York restaurant which it claims has rebranded with the same name.
The Lazy Cow steakhouse, which has a chain of four restaurants in the south of England, said it was launching a legal case against The Waterfront Hotel and Restaurant in King’s Staith, York, which has relaunched under the new name.
The chain has steakhouses on Warwick, Salisbury, Solihull and Stratford and said it had been a copyrighted name since 2011.
Jessica Monohan, marketing manager of The Lazy Cow group, said: “We are a fine dining group and we don’t want any name association which suggests otherwise.
“We are a growing business and it is a totally different brand.”
The Waterfront recently rebranded itself using the Lazy Cow name. It has since displayed a blue and cream sign beside the entrance to the restaurant, displaying the name The Lazy Cow Steakhouse at The Waterfront. An anonymous caller walking past the Waterfront phoned the Warwick-based restaurant earlier this week after noticing that it had the same name.
The Lazy Cow said its legal team had since taken civil action of a case of infringement against the York restaurant, and said the York firm would be given 14 days to change the name and sign.
The owner of The Waterfront denied knowing that the name was copyrighted. He said he had not yet received a letter from The Lazy Cow legal team.