CLIFTON, N.J. (CBS 2) — A real dog fight has broken out between a New Jersey hot dog eatery that isn’t sparing the sauerkraut when it comes to a new competitor five miles away.
The owner of Rutt’s Hut, a well-known Clifton institution serving hot dogs for 83 years, is now boiling mad over another local restaurant that recently changed to a very similar-sounding name.
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Adams Bagel and Deli recently became Mutt’s Hut, which has meant more business.
Rutt’s Hut, however, is now suing saying Mutt’s Hut is trying to steal its business and must change its name.
“The customers are not idiots. They know how to read so they’re not going to confuse Rutt’s Hut between Mutt’s Hut,” Mutt’s Hut Owner Ahmed Mohamed told CBS 2’s Kristin Thorne.
Some customers said they believed the lawsuit was taking things a little too far.
“I think it’s unnecessary and kind of childish,” one man said.
“I don’t think it should be that big a deal,” another woman said.
Mohamed said his restaurant will not “back down now.” Meanwhile, Mutt’s Hut has two weeks to respond to the lawsuit.