Name fight too hot for curry house
An Indian restaurant on the brink of a legal battle with budget brand easyGroup has decided to back down, its spokesman said today.
The restaurant easyCurry, based in Northampton, sparked threats of legal action from the multi-million pound group over its name and style and colour of its sign.
The restaurant originally agreed to change the font and colour of its sign from the famous orange used by easyJet and other brands, but refused to change the name.
But today spokesman Naz Uddin said they had decided to back down over the name because of funds.
He said: "We're going to change but to what we don't know.
"Ideally we'd like to keep the word easy in the title because of the concept of dining, but we'll have to think long and hard about what to change it to."
The restaurant, which only opened four weeks ago in Northampton town centre, allows customers to pay £5 then whatever else they think their meal is worth - with no maximum or minimum amount.
Its original sign of a black background with 'easy' written in white and 'curry' in orange will now be changed.
Mr Uddin said: "We'll be sitting down with the legal people to work out how we can do it, and maybe keep the easy in but not cause this much trouble. We don't want another repeat of this."
He said they would even consider opening up to ideas from the public, and said after hitting the spotlight he thought people would be interested in seeing what the new name would be.
Despite pledging yesterday to "take this as far as we can", Mr Uddin said it had boiled down to money.
He added: "We've thought through everything and it all boils down to money.
"They are a multi-national company and they can afford it and we can't. It's as simple as that."
The organisation easyGroup owns the easy brand and licenses it to official easy-branded businesses, including easyJet.
Anthony Robb-John, managing director of easyGroup, said: "We don't want to comment on any case in particular, but we always take steps to protect our rights so the public aren't misled by people or businesses passing themselves off as being part of easyGroup."
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
£65000 - £80000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Finance Director required to jo...
£15000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a unique opportunity fo...
£50000 per annum + 26 days holiday,pension: Ashdown Group: A highly successful...
£27000 per annum + pension + holidays: The Jenrick Group: A Quality Technician...