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March 24, 2010

Flip's to become Grey Goose Bar & Grille?

Midnight Sunner Neil walked past the space formerly known as Flip's in Hampden, and saw new art and signage on the door. Apparently, it's becoming the Grey Goose Bar & Grille. Anybody know more about this?

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 8:28 AM | | Comments (11)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


does this fall in the worst name categories

1. Nadds
2. Green Cilantro
3. Grey Goose????

Let me guess, a vodka bar?

Wouldn't that name be trademarked?

Grey Goose is throwing money around stimulus-like so I wouldn't be suprised if they paid a place to use their name. BTW Bacardi owns Grey Goose along with about 75% of the spirts you see at a regular bar.

Tif, let's hope you're right. If not, I can visualize the cease & desist papers being delivered well before the opening. Not a good sign if the new owner(s) neglected to even do a quick Trademark & Patent Office search.

Guess I should rethink my plans to open a bar called the Bacardi Sucks Club.

I thought the same thing re: Grey Goose, but the sign has an actual goose on it. I don't think it's explicitly connected to the vodka.

In that case, I'm opening a bar called Captain Morgan's, with a photo of Tracy Morgan wearing a three-cornered hat.

I walked by there today. Sorry I didn't get a pic of it, but the goose is wearing a barber-shop quartet-style hat that says "Hampden."

My joint is gonna be called Patron except it will be pronounced "PA-tron" as in someone who patronizes my establishment.
That way there will be no confusion at all and they cant "cease & desist" me.

PS- Neal, even if it is an unrelated business venture, if there is a chance that people will think it is, and will cause confusion, they cannot use the name. (IANAL)

LOL @Sam. Sex in the city shut down two places here, Segs in the City & Handbags in the City. How the crap do you trademark ______ in the city???

Trademark battles are mostly won by bullying. Big company goes after little company that doesn't have the war chest( money) to fight them in court. Little company runs the numbers, and it's just cheaper to get a new business license, sign and stationary.

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