FARNBOROUGH Chinese restaurateur Frank Yuen was forced to change the name of his "family feast" Sunday lunch this week after threats from the mighty Kentucky Fried Chicken organisation that he might soon be providing a feast for lawyers in court.
For the finger licking fast food giant had spotted on the Star's website that Frank's Wings Cottage three course lunch was described as a "family feast" -a title it had trademarked back in 1994.
KFC's solicitors told Frank that the trademark covered a wide variety of goods and services including restaurants. They said that use of the name amounted to an infringement and asked for an undertaking not to use it and to remove the name from all advertising and menus.
Frank reluctantly signed the undertaking. He told the Star: "Although we have used the name for more than ten years, there is no point in fighting. I cannot afford it."
Only last year Frank won a long battle with another American giant, McDonalds, over the name of his takeaway, McChina. He had to put in £60,000 to cover the costs of a fight that he eventually won. "I had 20,000 people congratulate me on winning that," he told the Star.
Feast note - can you spot any difference? KFC has two family feasts at £10.99 and £13.99 -the largest contains 14 pieces of chicken, six regular fries, two "sides" and a 1.5 litre bottle of pop. Frank's now renamed Sunday Feast for £13.50 each is a three course sit down meal of a hot platter (Chinese starters such as spare ribs), crispy duck with pancake, sauce and salad and beef, chicken, prawns, vegetables and rice.
A KFC spokeswoman denied that the company was over-reacting.
She said that, under trademark law, the company was required to protect its trademarks. "It's a standard requirement," she added.