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Daniel Boulud takes Duke's Bohemian Grove Bar to court over DBGB name

12 April 2012 by

Three-Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud is suing a Buffalo-based music club and restaurant over the use of the DBGB name.

The French US-based celebrity chef has filed a case against the owners of Duke's Bohemian Grove Bar in New York over their use of the initials DBGB, which Boulud trademarked in 2009 for his DBGB Kitchen & Bar in New York.

According to the lawsuit, filed at the Manhattan Federal Court earlier this week, Boulud's management company, the Dinex Group, is claiming trademark infringement and unfair competition. It alleges Duke's Bohemian Grove Bar is trying to "create confusion" and "trade on the goodwill and reputation" of Boulud. The case also notes that although a lawyer for the venue last year promised it would cease to use the initials, they were still being prominently displayed in various manners.

Lyon-born Boulud trained in France under legendary chefs Roger Vergé, Georges Blanc and Michel Guérard. He moved to the USA in 1982 and shot to fame a decade later when he opened Daniel, his first and most celebrated restaurant, which holds three Michelin stars.

The Dinex Group comprises numerous restaurants in the USA and Feast & Fêtes Catering. He opened his first European venture, Bar Boulud at London's Mandarin Oriental hotel, in 2010 and also runs a restaurant at the luxury Marina Bay Sands resort in Shanghai as well as Maison Boulud in Beijing.

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By Kerstin Kühn

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