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SBE Settles Suit Over Kobe Beef: Get $20!

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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Woah. As some diners may have just been emailed, it looks like SBE has got some explaining to do. Per a settlement document being sent around (and, wonderfully, the hilarious website the hospitality group's overall holding company has agreed to a class-action lawsuit settlement regarding its use of the term Kobe beef which, of course, is actually exceedingly rare stuff, and not the same as American or Australian-grown Wagyu beef. There's also a tidbit thrown into the suit about some SBE places serving foie gras despite California's ban. Shhh…

We've seen this legally beefy smackdown before, most notably with Barney's Beanery a few months back, though this one is surprising since it comes from such a high-end hospitality group. For now, anyone who's been emailed (or think they've been adversely affected by paying Kobe beef prices at The Sayers Club and not actually getting Kobe beef) can opt in for a $20 gift card, available at any of their properties.

Of course, per the settlement agreement, SBE is still allowed to "deny each, every and all of the allegations."
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