The filing points to light shows with the phrase “Asian Lantern Festival” at zoos across the country: Louisville Zoo, the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens, and the Blank Park Zoo in Iowa. They also noted the St. Pete Asian Lantern Festival in St. Petersburg predated the Cleveland zoo event by a year.
The outreach continued into February 2019, when the lawyers sent Ohio City BBQ co-owner Chris Abatsas a letter and a draft agreement in which Ohio City BBQ agreed to change its name, the lawsuit said.
A few days later, the lawyers received the agreement back in the mail. Someone ripped the pages in half and wrote on the back of a page in all capital letters, “stop f——-g sending me this s—t or I’ll sue for harassment,” the lawsuit said.
Located in a cheerful double storefront, Ohio City BBQ exceeds the accepted level of character required for a BBQ joint. The warm, saloon-style space is clad with wood walls and floors, there's a freshly painted tin ceiling, and red neon piping acts like a spiffy ring of fire around the room. Though it's largely fast-casual counter service, staffers could not be more friendly, courteous and genuinely pleased to be there. That — and prices that are more than a couple bucks below the competition — go a long way toward carving out a niche in Cleveland's increasingly competitive smoked-meat market.
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