Native Wings: Lafayette’s new chicken joint sued over trademarked name

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(Daily Advertiser)– Lafayette chicken wing restaurant set to open in the next few weeks will make last-minute changes to its name and logo after being sued in federal court on claims of trademark infringement.

Native Wing Company, a sports bar in the final stages of construction in a former Hardees on Ambassador Caffery Parkway, was sued this week by Native Grill and Wings, an unrelated restaurant company with about 30 locations in Arizona, Texas and Illinois.

Kayla Torry, a manager and co-owner of the new sports bar, said Tuesday that similarities between the company names were a coincidence. Torry said the new restaurant will be renamed itself “LA Native Wing Company” in an effort to resolve the lawsuit while still spotlighting that the owners are from Lafayette.

“This is a food town,” Torry said. “No matter what the name of the place is, if our food is good, people are going to come back.”

The trademark infringement lawsuit was filed Monday in the U.S. District Court of Western Louisiana. It says that Native Grill and Wings has plans to expand into Louisiana and believes that customer could be misled by the “confusingly similar” names and logos of the separate restaurants.

Torry said she was unaware of the Native Grill chain until being contacted by attorneys for the company.

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