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Quote of the Day - Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside. - Mark Twain
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Food Fight From New York to Dallas

You open a new, $1.5 million restaurant, and wait for the food critics. You figure all will go well. You've invested a lot of money, and you have a string of successful chains. chains and more chains.

Then, the dreaded moment arrives. Food critic Dotty Griffith arrives unannounced, and renders her opinion in the Dallas Morning News.

And the verdict is .... four out of five stars. Not bad.

Well, actually, not good enough in Phil Romano's mind. So not good enough that he had his lawyers, Fish & Richardson of Boston sue Ms. Griffith.

Typically, defamation suits that involve opinions lose. But, Mr. Romano thinks he can win. He alleges that Ms. Griffith brought a friend, Janet Cobb, to the restaurant. Ms. Cobb's family owns two competing Italian restaurants, Mi Piaci and Il Sole, in Dallas. Mr. Romano thinks that the two conspired to defame his restaurant and benefit Ms. Cobb's family restaurants.

If true, we may have a real food fight on our hands.

These restaurants compete with one another? Right. I suspect that you and I are now going to have to decide whether to get on a plane to eat at Il Mulino in New York or Il Sole / Mi Piaci in Dallas.

Maybe they'll bring back the Concorde, too.

Printer friendly page Permalink Email to a friend Posted by J. Craig Williams on Tuesday, August 24, 2004 at 11:20 Comments Closed (2) |
 
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