A very big British publishing company has come down hard on a very small restaurant owner in Queenstown, New Zealand for having the same name as Tatler, one of its high-end society titles.
Conde Nast Publications Ltd is demanding Tatler Restaurant owner Mark Jessop change his business name and website address, according to a published story. It’s also demanding Jessop remove his magazine-style menu entitled Tatler Restaurant & Bar, and hand over profits from selling copies of it. Jessop bought the name with the restaurant when he took it over in 2004.
“We’re not in the magazine business, we don’t want to be in the magazine business,” said Jessop, who says he only put a cover price on the menu to stop customers pinching copies; although he has no record of anyone buying one recently, Conde Nast said that, undercover, it was able to buy one on May 6 for $15.