Katz's Deli sues to stop Florida deli from using same name
Katz's Delicatessen sued to stop a south Florida restaurant from using the same name.
The restaurant, founded in 1888, accused the owner of Katz's Delicatessen of Deerfield Beach of "blatantly" infringing its federal trademark rights and trying to profit illegally from its name and reputation.
Katz's is renowned for hand-cut pastrami sandwiches and slogans such as "Send a salami to your boy in the Army," which it encouraged parents to do during World War Two.
In its complaint filed in Manhattan federal court, Katz's said it sent the Deerfield Beach deli's owner, Charles Re, a cease-and-desist letter on April 29, and that talks to resolve the dispute over the name had failed.
Both restaurants sell Jewish and Kosher-style deli food.
"It has taken over a century of dedication, hard work and consistent customer satisfaction for Katz's Deli to become famous," the complaint said. Damages could top $1 million, it said.
The Deerfield Beach deli did not immediately respond to requests for comment.