Tag Archives: Knockoffs

New York’s Best Slice Shop Is Suing Copycat Pizzerias

Source: Grub Street NY

Joe’s Pizza, the city’s preeminent slice shop, isn’t happy one of its former employees is running a knockoff chain over in Brooklyn that could definitely fool even some seasoned New Yorkers. Victor Zarco spent 17 years at Pino “Joe” Pozzuoli’s famous pizzeria, but departed in 2004 to open …

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Court Says Canada’s ‘Pirate’ Trader Joe’s Might Violate U.S. Law

Source: Grub Street NY

Since 2012, Michael Hallatt has operated a retail store that sells Trader Joe’s products at a high markup to desperate people in Canada, where the chain has no presence. He has absolutely no authorization to do this, but maintains he’s found a loophole so the business …

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Someone Opened a ‘Mash Donald’s’ for Big Mac–Deprived Iranians

Source: Grub Street NY


Iranian hard-liners aren’t lovin’ it.

McDonald’s used to have outposts in Iran, but the chain was kicked out after the 1979 revolution. Now Iranians are filling the gap with an impostor of sorts: “Mash Donald’s,” complete with golden-ish arches and a smiling clown. (Iran is also home to “Pizza Hat,” “Kabooky Fried Chicken,” and other fake franchises.)

Buzz for the joint started a few weeks ago when a franchise application for Iran popped up on the McDonald’s corporate site, ...

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Dunkin’ Donuts’ Korean ‘Cronut’ Finally Invades America Next Week

Source: Grub Street NY


Don’t call it a Cronut.

Dunkin’ Donuts has finally figured out how to bring its definitely-not-a-Cronut Croissant Donut to American stores on November 3, roughly 15 months after introducing it across South Korean franchises, for some reason, as the “New York Pie Donut.” The delay was just natural, explains the company; Dunkin’ plans to be “selling a lot more of them than a single shop bakery” — one owned by He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named — “so it was important to do it right.” They were a big hit upon launch in Korea, so who knows?

Dunkin’ says this novel pastry concept will sell ...

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Grimaldi’s Shanghai Imposter Looks Pretty Horrible

Source: Grub Street NY


Say what you want about the Brooklyn original, this pie looks fantastic.

Yesterday, our own Adam Platt opined that Grimaldi’s Brooklyn flagship, known far and wide for its coal-oven pies, would likely still have a line out the door “even if they started selling chunks of charcoal wrapped in cellophane.” This may be true, but nobody, we repeat nobody, messes with the original Grimaldi’s, except maybe the dozens of franchised locations around the country that invariably serve inferior pizzas. In any case, we’re especially peeved to hear about this $25 million lawsuit filed in federal court against an ex-worker ...

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Jack in the Box’s Cronut Knockoffs Get Improbably Good Reviews

Source: Grub Street NY


They’re not even glazed.

Earlier in the summer, we learned that Jack in the Box was test-marketing its own version of Cronuts in California, and the dessert officially went on sale last week across the country. Today, Phoenix New Times writer Lauren Saria, who admits she’s never been to Dominique Ansel Bakery, files a rave of sorts. “Be skeptical, by all means. I sure was,” she writes, but she’s not the only one: The glazeless, cinnamon-sugar-sprinkled pastry has also been called “delicious” and “wonderful,” which is interesting for something that eschews a clever portmanteau name in favor of ...

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Café Behind Cronut Knockoff Was ‘Thrilled’ to Get Cease and Desist From Dominique Ansel

Source: Grub Street NY


The Creauxnut is no more.

A Shreveport bakery named Sevendipity proudly introduced its take on Cronuts back in May. “I could be the first person in Louisiana to do cronuts at their peak,” chef and owner Scott Roebuck mused, talking up the laborious 12-hour pastry process. Sevendipity, in fact, changed their pastry’s name to “creaux-nut” sometime during the last two months, but that apparently still wasn’t enough to avoid infringing on Dominique Ansel’s registered trademark, and the shop says it got a cease-and-desist letter from the chef’s lawyers earlier this week.

“To think that the original creator of the ...

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Lawsuits: The Halal Guys Are Suing a Copycat Food Cart

Source: Eater NY

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[The real Halal Guys: Facebook]

Now on the brink of a massive international expansion, cult favorite street food vendor The Halal Guys is suing a set of rival food carts for ripping off its name and logo. The copycat carts, which have been around for at least a year, go by the name of The Halal Guys of New York instead of just The Halal Guys. The owners of the real deal say they first learned of the knockoffs when one set up shop on the same block as the original, at 53rd Street and 6th Avenue. According ...

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Knockoffs: Katz’s Deli is suing a Florida…

Source: Eater NY

2014_3_KatzsYelp.jpgKatz’s Deli is suing a Florida restaurant that calls itself Katz’s Delicatessen of Deerfield Beach. The lawsuit claims that the deli, which calls itself an “authentic New York style deli,” is trying to “unlawfully capitalize on the fame of Katz’s Deli,” using a similar logo as well as the same name. This is not the first time Katz’s has had to deal with such impostors. [TLD]

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11 Customer Reactions to Williams-Sonoma’s New Cronut Knockoff

Source: Grub Street NY


Williams-Sonoma’s croissonuts may not have glaze, but they do have layers.

Florence Fabricant points out in today’s New York Times that Williams-Sonoma is selling something called croissonuts, the retailer’s answer to Dominique Ansel’s cronuts. They arrive frozen, $39.95 for a box of 18 compact, 2.5-inch-diameter pastries that can be fried or baked after a quick thaw and overnight rise. Sounds promising enough — the verdict of Fabricant’s taste test, however, is that croissonuts, which are bereft of the original’s “layered texture” as well as toppings and fillings, don’t really stack up at all against cronuts, but do make ...

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There’s a Ramen Burger Knockoff in the Philippines

Source: Grub Street NY


Oh, yes, they did.

How lovely! Two restaurants in the Philippines — Wrong Ramen in Fort Bonifacio and Umami Hambaagu House in Pasig City — have teamed up to engineer a deluxe, limited-edition knockoff version of Keizo Shimamoto’s ramen burger over the course of eight upcoming days, beginning this Friday. The freaky W.R.-U.H.H. version appears to be a lot like the original, except with sesame seeds instead of chopped scallions and mayonnaise sauce in place of shoyu. You know what they say: You’re no one until somebody many thousands of miles away steals your idea and brags about ...

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Dunkin’ Donuts Figured Out How to Make Cronuts

Source: Grub Street NY


Is it okay to call it a DunDroCronut? No? Okay.

Today is a dark day indeed for cronuts, because as Quartz reports, they’re now being mass-produced and sold at Dunkin’ Donuts in South Korea under the name “New York Pie Donuts.” Is global domination imminent?

On one hand, it’s been almost three months since Dominique Ansel introduced cronuts at his Soho bakery and changed the pastry game forever. There have been all kinds of homespun homages and small-chain rip-offs, which some saw coming at least a few miles away. But on the other … “New York Pie Donuts?” ...

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