Katz’s Deli Sues Deerfield Beach Copycat for Trademark Infringement

Posted on: June 17th, 2014 at 10:30 am by
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Katz’s Deli is again on the offensive to safeguard its valuable name. Indeed, for the second time in three months, the Lower East Side culinary institution is taking a food establishment to court over the Katz moniker.

First it was the Katz & Dogz food truck fiasco (which resulted in victory). Now it’s an identically-named newcomer in Deerfield Beach, Florida, going the distance to proclaim that their restaurant “will make you feel like you just got to the corner of Ludlow and Houston Streets in NYC.” They’ve been serving for three months.

Owner Jake Dell tells us that Deerfield denizens were calling his store to complain about the quality at its “Florida location.” This, of course, incensed the Katz’s crew. Another copycat joint giving the OG a bad name. Seriously, just take a look at the Yelp page for all the confused patrons. SK from Brooklyn wrote, “I was in FL visiting a friend 3 weeks ago and we came here, based on the implication that this restaurant is a second location of Katz’s on Houston and Ludlow.”

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Katz’s is a lean, mean enterprise and controls the federal trademark on the name as it applies to delicatessens.

Dell and company filed a lawsuit on Thursday afternoon to put an end to the confusion. “The facts are pretty clear,” Dell says. “We’re the one and only [and I] wouldn’t pursue if we were wrong.” After all, who has time when he simply “likes making sandwiches.”

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The Katz’s fraud in FL, Photo: Yelp

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