Washington City Paper reports Fox Restaurant Concepts has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Founding Farmers. The company owns True Food Kitchen with locations all over the country, including one in Mosaic District in Merrifield.
The controversy lies in Founding Farmers using the phrase "true food & drink" on their website, and also in their cookbook, signage, and phone number (the last four digits of the phone number Founding Farmers' Foggy Bottom location spell "true").
Founding Farmers tried to file a trademark for "Founding Farmers True Food & Drink" in 2013, but Fox Restaurant Concepts opposed it with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. The group had already registered the trademark for "true food" in 2008.