'Double-Double' trouble for Underbelly restaurant in Houston


by Vicente Arenas / KHOU 11 News


Posted on June 19, 2013 at 9:38 PM

HOUSTON -- An upscale Houston restaurant has been threatened with a lawsuit if it doesn't change the name of its "Double-Double" hamburgers.

The Underbelly Restaurant, located on Westheimer, received a letter from In-N-Out Burgers explaining it had trademarked the name "Double-Double."

The burger chain ordered Underbelly to stop using it.

Underbelly’s Executive Chef and Owner Chris Shepherd said he’s never been to an In-N-Out.

“I thought it was pretty funny,” Shepherd said.

So he decided to change the name of the burger to the “Cease and Desist," in reference to the lawsuit threat.

“I understand. We have things we don't want people using too,” Shepherd said. “I didn't know the words would be trademarked.”

The “Cease and Desist” is made with double meat and double cheese.

“It’s great, juicy, full-flavored and the cheese is excellent and it’s the right proportion,” said diner Rob Walker.

The chef often changes the names of the burgers, depending on how they are made in order to keep the menu fresh.

He’s not sure how long he’ll keep the “Cease and Desist” burger on his menu, but they are selling like hotcakes.