This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.
This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.
In-N-Out to Maryland Copycat: Nice Try, We're Suing
Whenever a fast food joint anywhere in the U.S. tries to mimic the wildly successful look or menu of SoCal's In-N-Out Burger, In-N-Out doesn't sit pretty--they sue. And so it goes with Grab-N-Go Burger of Aberdeen, Maryland, whose red and yellow logo has In-N-Out execs a little uncomfy with its proximity to their own, says the OC Register . In-N-Out has filed a lawsuit, claiming Grab-N-Go is violating the In-N-Out trademark look.
Grab-N-Go of Aberdeen, Maryland (image via Yelp)
In-N-Out issued a statement about their stance on the subject in general, though they or Grab-N-Go did not discuss the suit:
“Since our inception in 1948, we have worked hard to develop the unique look and feel of our restaurants. Consumers have come to associate our ‘In-N-Out’ name, yellow arrow, long-standing colors, restaurant decor, menu design, and unique menu items, such as ‘Animal Style’ burgers, with the highest in food quality and freshness. We will always vigorously defend our trademarks and trade-dress against any and all copycats and imitators but, as in every case, we also look for friendly resolutions with all parties.”
In the past, In-N-Out has sued--and won--burger joints in Texas, Utah, and Illinois.
The Register says when it comes to the food, Grab-N-Go's menu is more like that of national In-N-Out rival Five Guys, however it's not all about the logo. The Baltimore Fishbowl explains :
In-N-Out has a beef with Grab-N-Go’s [...] “Wild Style Burger,” which features two beef patties, lettuce, tomato, pickle, grilled onions and “wild” sauce; In-N-Out has long featured the “Animal Style Burger,” which features all of the same and “special” sauce.
Nice try. But...no.
How to get the best eggs in town without leaving your yard.
Beautiful views aren't the only thing drawing Angelenos to the region
Gab Chabrán reflects on growing up in L.A. in a Latino home that doesn't celebrate Thanksgiving and the traditions they formed instead.
Oklahoma-style smash burgers and Georgian dumplings make for some excellent cheap bites in Glendale
Husband and wife Felix Agyei and Hazel Rojas combine food from their heritages, creating a marriage of West African and Filipino cooking
Baby Yoda cocktails. Boozy Dole Whips. Volcanic tiki drinks. If you can dream it, they're probably mixing it somewhere on property.