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Fletcher’s Corny Dog family finally reaches settlement in use of name
The long legal battle between members of the Fletcher’s Corny Dog family has finally reached an anticlimactic conclusion. Members of the family reached a confidential legal agreement on December 23, with a federal judge ruling that Fletcher’s Original State Fair Corny Dog is the rightful owner of the restaurant’s trademarks and that Neil “Skip” Fletcher’s granddaughter cannot use the family’s backstory or name in promoting her own restaurant. The two sides of the family were set to go to trial in January over granddaughter Jace Fletcher Christensen’s attempt to use some version of the name “Fletcher” for her new restaurant, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Back in January 2020, a federal judge initially sided with Jace Fletcher Christensen’s grandmother, the widow of Skip Fletcher, that Christensen’s use of the name Fletch would cause confusion for fans of the infamous state fair corny dog. Christiansen has since been using the moniker Corndog With No Name for her pop-up, which has now grown to include two permanent restaurants.
A plethora of Asia eateries come to Grand Prairie’s Asia Times Square
A whole collection of new restaurants is headed to Asia Times Square, the Grand Prairie shopping center and business park anchored by Asian grocery Hong Kong Market Place. According to CultureMap, at least five new eateries have already opened in the center, or will open soon, serving up everything from Vietnamese, Cajun, Cambodian, Thai and Japanese food. Restaurants like Beard Papa’s, home to Japanese custard-filled cream puffs in flavors like matcha and honey butter, and Sakari Ramen, will join existing restaurants, including Chinese eatery The Pearl and sandwich shop Banh Mi No. 1.
Healthy Midwestern chain Crisp & Green to open first Texas location in University Park
Crisp & Green, a Minnesota-based chain known for its healthy made-from-scratch food and free fitness classes, is set to make its Texas debut next month. The restaurant will open at 6565 Hillcrest Ave in University Park on January 12. In addition to serving up grain bowls, salads, smoothies and more, the restaurant also hosts regular community workout events where guests can sample food and receive complimentary fitness gear. The workouts are socially-distanced and take place outside. A calendar of events can be found on Crisp & Green’s website. The restaurant plans to open more Texas locations later in 2021.