Feud over restaurant name heats up

Feud over restaurant name heats up

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Since 1932 BBQ lovers have been getting their fix in Lockhart, TX.

Black's Barbecue general manager, Kent Black, says they've been getting a lot of questions about another location.

Kent said, "We don't want our customers confused and thinking that it's going to have the same recipes or cooking techniques as we have here in Lockhart."

Michael, Mark and Terry are also part of the Black family.

"{We're} taking it back old school and bringing it back to how it used to be done, all open pits and homemade sides," said one of the twins.

Their new location is set to open off of Barton Springs Road...but other family members say there's only one Black's Barbeque...and it's right here, in Lockhart.

Kent and Terry are Brothers.

Terry said, "I had talked to my mother and my father and made the announcement that we were going to be opening the place in Austin."

"My mom, if she were here right now, she'd tell you she never gave him permission," Kent said.

Terry admitted, "I didn't get the permission to use Black's Barbecue in writing, but I got the impression that we could use it."

"According to my mom, she never gave him permission verbally or in writing," said Kent.

Since putting up these banners, the trio has received a cease and desist order.

Mark said, "We believe greed and envy is one of the things driving my uncle to cause problems with the restaurant."

"We've been using that name for 81 years, so, as a company you have to protect your brand," said Kent.

Terry said, "We changed the name with the Secretary of State. We're changing the logo."

"We wish them much success," said Kent.

"In my opinion, I don't buy it," Mark said.

"We don't feel like he wants us to be successful," Michael said. "At the end of the day, our quality is going to speak for itself and our product is going to be amazing."

Terry Black's Barbecue is set to open in Austin within the next couple of months.

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