National chain In-N-Out Burger sent Houston restaurant Underbelly a cease and desist letter yesterday over the use of the term "double double" that appears in the name of a hamburger on Underbelly's lunch menu. The UB Double Double is a pretty standard affair: two patties, two slices of cheese, lettuce, pickle and tomato; except, of course, the meat for the patties is butchered in the restaurant, the pickles are made in-house and the tomatoes are locally grown heirlooms. The name apparently didn't sit well with California-based chain of almost 300 nation-wide locations, which has trademarked every possible version of "double double" as it relates to hamburgers.
Underbelly spokesperson Julai Whipple tells Eater that the letter caught chef/owner Chris Shepherd off guard. "Chris has never been to In-N-Out. He just thought it was a good name," she explains. Still, the restaurant will comply: effective today, diners can order the Cease and Desist Burger. As Whipple notes, it's "deliciously legal."