A ‘Walking Dead’ restaurant in NJ? Creator wants to kill the idea
The creator of "The Walking Dead" has filed suit in federal court to stop a restaurant based around the popular show and comic book from opening in New Jersey.
Robert Kirkman says in the lawsuit that Philip Theodorou, Steven Theodorou and Anna Theodorou, all of Ewing, Jeffrey Heller of Riverside and Mohamed Elkady of Southampton, PA "have filed eleven separate trademark applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office to register 'The Walking Dead' and have taken concrete steps to use the mark in commerce by raising money and preparing to open a restaurant in New Jersey under the mark."
The suit said the plan is to open a "health food restaurant' in Princeton on Route 206.
The group also plans to market T-shirts, bottled water, coffee, candles, cigarettes, mugs, glasses, makeup and other products based on the show, according to Kirkman's suit. It says Phillip Theodorou owns a screen printing company and is could begin making these items "at a moment's notice."
According to the suit, Kirkman and AMC already own the trademark on the show. According to the suit there were "opportunities to sell and license certain types of merchandise for both the comics and the TV series."
Kirkman and his wife Sonia already have plans to open a restaurant in Kentucky in an abandoned barn and bed & breakfast, but it will not have a "Walking Dead" theme, according to WLEX TV.
Kirkman created the comic series in 2003, and AMC's show built around his work premiered in 2010.