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Restaurant forced to rebrand over Gordon Ramsay’s Lucky Cat trademark

The establishment will now trade as Maneki Ramen, remaining close to the original branding due to Maneki-Neko meaning lucky cat

Lucky Cat Noodle, a Worcestershire ramen restaurant, has changed its name after claiming to have received a complaint from Gordon Ramsay’s solicitors.

The venue, which is owned by hospitality group A Rule of Tum, said that it had been contacted regarding trademark issues over the Lucky Cat name, of which Ramsay uses to operate a London site.

In turn, the establishment will now trade as Maneki Ramen, remaining close to the original branding due to Maneki-Neko meaning lucky cat.

The group said it was “amazed” to have received the letter, but conceived that it seems the celebrity chef “holds a trademark for the use of the Lucky Cat name”.

It added: “We guess great minds think alike. But, like Gordon’s lawyers, we would hate for anyone to confuse us with him and we’re glad they brought it to our attention before we get equally famous.

“Maneki-Neko means lucky cat, so we thought it would be a fitting name to pick, holding onto our roots but also looking forward to what comes next.”

As a result of the trademark situation, the restaurant had to prematurely end its Kickstarter campaign.

Maneki-Ramen also claimed that it had offered Gordon Ramsay a voucher to its new restaurant, which will “hopefully be finished mid-June”.

Catering Today has contacted Gordon Ramsay Holdings for further comment.

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