Suffice it to say: New York’s Philippe had an initial licensing agreement with Philippe Chow (the restaurant) when the restaurant was at its old West Hollywood location. But since the shutter and eventual reopening in Beverly Hills, NYC’s Philippe crew believes that there is no contract in place that allows for the use of the Philippe Chow name.
As such, they’re suing for damages and infringement of copyright. Which is exactly what happened to Philippe (the other restaurant) when they went up against Mr. Chow (with outlets in London, NYC, and Beverly Hills) years ago in court.
Anyway, it’s all very confusing, but the gist is that Beverly Hills may be counting down the hours before Philippe Chow is forced to rename or shutter altogether. As for Mr. Chow (yes, the restaurant) in Beverly Hills? They’re staying out of it.