Surely, you've heard this story about a Coney Island restaurant drawing the ire of the McDonald's corporation for calling itself Nicky D's?
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If you haven't watched the CNN video (which I include here), you might think that it's just a big bad corporation picking on the little guy. But once you do, it's actually not like that. In fact, this one's a case of the little guy thumbing their nose at the big bad corporation.
The way the owner of Nicky D's dismisses how his logo is actually just a cut-off McDonald's "M" is priceless.
Why am I rehashing this story, which happened earlier this month? Well, this week there's another too-similar case involving Irvine-based In-N-Out suing an Arizona mom-and-pop from calling itself "In & Out".
This one seems pretty cut and dry. Emphasis on dry (Not as hilarious as the Nicky D's story). Read about it HERE.
So, before we go any further: Are there any entrepreneurs out there reading this planning to open a Carlos Jr. or a Wendi's? Perhaps a Jacque-in-the-Box?
Edwin Goei was born on the island of Java, grew up in La Habra, studied in Irvine, and eats everywhere. Before becoming an award-winning restaurant critic for OC Weekly in 2007, he went by the alias "elmomonster" on his blog Monster Munching, in which he once wrote a whole review in haiku.