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Netflix’s Cease-And-Desist Letter To ‘Stranger Things’ Bar Is The Best Thing We’ve Read All Week

The new season of Stranger Things is a little more than a month away and we’re stoked. Netflix’s hit series has gained an overwhelming amount of traction since it premiered in 2016. Now with the much-anticipated second season debuting a few days before Halloween, an unauthorized Stranger Things pop-up bar is in for a bit of a scare.

According to DNAinfo, a Chicago Bar was transformed a while back into the Upside Down – the spooky, scary parallel dimension from the show. The pop-up opened on Aug. 18 and is set to run through Oct. 1.

Unfortunately, any plans for them to go beyond the six-week period were squashed by Netflix. The two gentlemen behind the popular pop-up received this letter from the entertainment company’s legal team.

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Arguably one of the funniest cease-and-desist letters we’ve seen in our years. It’s nice to see that Netflix has a bit of humor regarding the pop-up. If you happen to be in the Chicago area and haven’t had a chance to visit the Upside Down, be sure to do so before Oct. 1.

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Restaurants

East Coast’s Tasty Burger Says Chipotle-Owned ‘Tasty Made’ Copied Them

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Chipotle isn’t even supposed to open its new burger restaurant until fall, but it already has beef with another restaurant. A burger chain is claiming that Chipotle copied their logo, mark and name.
The complaint was made by a growing East Coast burger chain named Tasty Burger, which is nicknamed Tasty. Tasty Burger said there has already been confusion from customers.

In a statement from Tasty Burger CEO Dubois, Tasty Burger said it sent Chipotle a cease and desist letter on July 19, and still haven’t heard anything from the company. Instead, Chipotle has continued to market and promote Tasty Made. The company said Chipotle copied not only their name, but their logo and mark.

Tasty Burger said they have several locations near Chipotle locations, and even share the same landlord at one, causing them to find it “reasonable to assume” that Chipotle is knowledgeable of their signage. On top of that Tasty Burger is also the official burger of the Red Sox.

It isn’t clear where this will go from here, but Tasty Burger isn’t going down without a fight.

“Despite the obvious David and Goliath scenario, we cannot simply stand by and watch an enormously powerful company like Chipotle move forward with opening a burger restaurant with a similar name, mark, and logo design,” the statement reads.

Looking beyond just the confusion of the names, Tasty Burger seems to have a right to complain.  A side by side comparison does make their claim a little meatier.

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The most obvious similarity is their red logos which are fairly simple, featuring the name in white on a red background of fairly similar shapes. The white and black logos also have overlap. Both are doughnut shaped, with the food product names in the outer circle. On the inner circle Tasty Made has their name rather than a burger center.

Originally, Chipotle trademarked the name Better Burger, in March. It’s unclear why they made the switch from the original name to Tasty Made, but coupled with Tasty Burger’s complaints it does seem a bit suspicious.

Photo: Tasty Burger

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Hit-Or-Miss

Bravest Bistro Ever Pays Customers To Write Hilariously Negative Yelp Reviews

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Botto Bistro to the Goblin King of the restaurant world AKA Yelp: “You have no power over me.”

Since it first launched back in 2004, Yelp has grown into something of a tyrannical behemoth in the food world — even being granted legal permission earlier this month to manipulate reviews for money. Because business or something.

Still, not everyone is so willing to cower before the review site’s supposed “might.” In an effort to undermine the reliability of its Yelp listing, the Botto Bistro Italian restaurant in Richmond, Calif. has actually started offering customers discounts for writing negative reviews.

According to Inside Scoop SF, the five-year old establishment is on “a mission to the the worst-rated restaurant in the Bay Area.” Owners Davide Cerretini and Michele Massimo hope to prove that bad Yelp reviews won’t impact their business, nor that of “any other successful restaurant.”

The results of the tongue-in-cheek campaign have proven to be at worst confusing, and at best, utterly brilliant. Loyal and amused customers have brought their witticisms by the truckload, docking the restaurant stars for food that tastes too good, waiters that serve too well, and experiences that remind them way too much of Italy.

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The clever stunt has not gone entirely unnoticed by Yelp’s legal team though, which, kind of ironically, recently reached out to the Bistro for “offering incentives” in exchange for reviews. The cease and desist letter read:

To be clear, this violates our Terms of Service (http://www.yelp.com/static?p=tos&country=US), and reviews written under such circumstances violate Yelp’s Content Guidelines (http://www.yelp.com/guidelines). We also often find from user feedback that such practices do more harm than good, as the practice creates distrust amongst customers and users who now eye all reviews on a listing with suspicion.”

Pardon us if we respond with a big ol’ EL-oh-F*CKING-EL.

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Hit-Or-Miss

So Apparently Nutella Hates Free Publicity, Issues Cease and Desist to Founder of ‘World Nutella Day’

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Okay guys, this whole “Nutella” thing has gone far enough. Nutella Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls, Nutella S’more Pulls, Nutella Thieves? Who asked you all to like this stuff so much anyway? Not Ferrero, the parent company behind the sweet hazelnut chocolate spread, apparently. They don’t even want you celebrating World Nutella Day!

Last week, Sara Rosso, one of the founders of beloved fan holiday, released a statement on her website claiming Ferrero had issued her a cease and desist letter, citing “some misuse of the Nutella brand on the fan page.” In response, Rosso stated she would be shutting down the nutelladay.com site, as well as the official Nutella Day Facebook and Twitter pages.

“The cease-and-desist letter was a bit of a surprise and a disappointment,” Rosso wrote in her statement. “I have hope that this is not a goodbye to World Nutella Day forever, for the fans’ sake, and hopefully it will live on in one form or another in the future.”

Internet outrage, of course, was swift and widespread (hehe), with some Facebook users even purporting to boycott Nutella completely in support of Rosso. Thankfully a new statement has since then appeared on the Nutella Day website suggesting that Ferrero and Rosso have finally reached a happy conclusion to this nutty case:

“World Nutella Day: a positive conclusion

Positive direct contact between Ferrero and Sara Rosso, owner of the non-official Nutella fan page World Nutella Day, has brought an end to the case.

Ferrero would like to express to Sara Rosso its sincere gratitude for her passion for Nutella, gratitude which is extended to all fans of the World Nutella Day.

The case arose from a routine brand defense procedure that was activated as a result of some misuse of the Nutella brand on the fan page.

Ferrero is pleased to announce that today, after contacting Sara Rosso and finding together the appropriate solutions, it immediately stopped the previous action.

Ferrero considers itself fortunate to have such devoted and loyal fans of its Nutella spread, like Sara Rosso.”

Damn straight.

H/T Consumerist + PicThx Young Career Traveler