Provocative Uniforms, Protectable Trade Dress?


Move over Collar and Cuffs, a new trade dress suit has hit the Texas courts and it is set to rival the Chippendale headlines from earlier this fall. The Texas restaurant, Twin Peaks, recently filed suit against the owner of a new Arkansas restaurant called Northern Exposure. (If you haven’t caught onto the innuendos yet think Hooters meets northern lodge.)

In its complaint, Twin Restaurant LLC, owner of Twin Peaks, asserts a claim for infringement of its lodge-like restaurant trade dress which includes Adirondack furniture, mounted taxidermy, and vintage pin-up posters, as well as its uniforms, which consist of red and black buffalo plaid blouses tied at the bust with shorts.

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