Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Owner of Snuffer’s sued; spin-off restaurant called a rip off
The Firebird Restaurant Group alleges that Pat's Burger and Cheddar Fries is "a last-minute, desperate and unlawful conspiracy."
The Firebird Restaurant Group, in its suit filed Monday, alleges that Pat's Burger and Cheddar Fries is "a last-minute, desperate and unlawful conspiracy." It is seeking a court order to stop it from opening next Monday.
Firebird, El Fenix's parent company, assumed the chain's debt in July, four months after Pat Snuffer filed for Chapter 11 protection. The chain still has six locations, but the original restaurant on Greenville Avenue was razed last spring.
Reached Monday, Snuffer said he couldn't talk about the matter. When he announced his plans in November, he said the new restaurant has no connection to the old - except, of course, for its menu of burgers and cheddar fries.
Firebird CEO Mike Karns issued a statement at the time saying the company intended to protect the Snuffer's brand.
The suit says Pat's Burger and Cheddar Fries is on "sacred ground" and looks like a Snuffer's because it was originally going to be a Snuffer's.
Everything's identical, from the color scheme to the menu, according to the suit, which also names Snuffer's son Mike and associate Steve Cole as defendants.
They "are planning to open a Snuffer's restaurant at Snuffer's original location under a different name," the suit says.
Karns and Firebird's attorney could not be reached for comment.