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Kuma Burgers Is Now Burger-Chan

The restaurant faced a trademark complaint

Same spot, different name
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It’s hard enough to keep up with the incredible number of burger joints in Houston, and a brand new name change may make it a little more difficult to find your favorite chef-inspired patties.

The Houston Press reports that Kuma Burgers has now changed its name to Burger-Chan (“chan” means “cute” in Japanese) after facing a trademark infringement complaint from a similarly-named eatery. Owners Willet Feng and Diane Wu Feng didn’t say which restaurant had staked a claim to Kuma Burgers’ name, only telling the Press that the complainants are “out of state.”

The move comes as Kuma Burgers celebrates its one year anniversary. In a Facebook post, the restaurant’s owners shouted out staff that helped get the restaurant open in April of 2016, when it was understaffed and “epic flooding” across the city pushed back its first day of service.

Instead of fighting the battle, Kuma Burgers will become Burger-Chan as of May 3.

Kuma Burgers Changes Its Name to burger-chan Following Trademark Dispute [Houston Press]