Standalone Hollywood restaurant Farmboy Kitchen is apparently in a spot of legal trouble, having run up against the corporate buzzsaw that is Farmer Boys Burgers. The latter must not have liked the similarly-named newcomer treading on its turf, and (according to at least one source) has issued a legal challenge against its name.
Eater reached out to both Farmboy Kitchen and Farmer Boys Burgers for comment, but so far hasn’t heard back. It’s not like the whole thing is being kept super under wraps though, considering Farmboy Kitchen posted on Instagram about having to potentially get a new moniker for “legal reasons.” Now they’re hosting the second of two renaming parties this Sunday, where guests can show up, drink beer, and offer suggestions.
Farmboy Kitchen first came on the scene in late 2015 as a newcomer to the Santa Monica and Vine intersection. They ultimately opened in the first quarter of 2016 for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and have since fallen into a rhythm as a casual option for neighbors to enjoy instead of schlepping all the way up Vine into Hollywood proper. Farmer Boys Burgers, on the other hand, has dozens of locations across Southern California, the Central Valley, and Nevada.
There’s no indication that Farmboy Kitchen will be closing permanently or otherwise displaced, just a name change and some slight rebranding. That’s good news for said locals, as the dining options along that stretch between Larchmont and Hollywood remain somewhat scarce.